SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Massachusetts Hockey (6-3-1, 4-2-1 Hockey East) dropped its second-consecutive
game on Saturday, losing a 4-3 nonconference matchup with Union College (5-3-
2, 1-1-0 ECACHL). UMass entered Saturday's game at Union as the nation's least
penalized team, but came away with 11 infractions for 22 minutes, resulting in
two Union goals.
The Minutemen took a 2-0 lead in the first, the goals coming from Matt
Anderson and Kevin Jarman. Anderson's tally at 7:27 beat Justin Mrazek five-
hole, shot from between the circles. P.J. Fenton passed the puck up from
behind the net to Anderson for the assist.
Jarman notched his third of the season at 15:50 on the power play, a tip off
the clean shot from the blueline by rookie Justin Braun. Nolet, also at the
blueline, made the initial pass to Braun for the second assist and UMass took
the 2-0 advantage into the break.
Massachusetts got itself into some heavy penalty trouble in the second,
allowing two man-advantage goals in the opening five minutes to make it a 2-2
game. Jeff Christiansen brought the Dutchmen to within one just 2:10 into the
middle stanza with a power play goal. With David Leaderer in the box for a
contact to the head roughing penalty, Union capitalized with the tip down low,
assisted by T. J. Fox and Mike Schreiber. Christiansen again lit the lamp at
5:21, and again was assisted by Fox.
Mark Matheson put UMass up by one with a power play goal at 9:02, once again
shot from the blueline through traffic to beat Mrazek glove side. Chris
Capraro and Chris Davis assisted on the play to make it 3-2 Minutemen. But
Union marched back with their third goal of the evening at 13:42, scored by
Josh Coyle and assisted by Jason Walters and Olivier Bouchard.
The Dutchmen took the lead at 12:57 with Bouchard's fourth of the season,
tucking in a miscue by Jon Quick to make it 4-3. With the UMass netminder
trying to play the puck at the side of the crease, Josh Coyle slipped it
between Quick and the pipe, leaving it just at the goal line where Bouchard
poked it in.
Head Coach Don Cahoon pulled Quick in favor of the extra attacker with 1:02
remaining in regulation, but the Minutemen were unable to convert and force
overtime. Overall, shots were 36-28 in favor of the home team. The teams
combined for 23 penalties for 46 minutes, and both squads notched two PP
UMass returns to Hockey East play on Tuesday when they travel to Boston to
take on the Terriers. Game time is set for 7 p.m.