Massachusetts Upends Dalhousie in Exhibition Action, 5-2
Freshman forward Dennis Kravchenko scores two goals for Minutemen

Sophomore forward Frank Vatrano had a goal and an assist for the Minutemen
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 9:09  UMA1-0 EV Jake HortonRiley McDougall
1st 12:26  UMA2-0 EV Dennis KravchenkoTroy Power, Frank Vatrano
1st 15:24  UMA3-0 PP GW Frank VatranoBen Gallacher
2nd 7:17  DAL1-3 EV Steven Johnston -
3rd 3:46  UMA4-1 PP Dennis KravchenkoKeith Burchett
3rd 9:04  UMA5-1 EV Dominic TrentoOleg Yevenko, Shane Walsh
3rd 19:16  DAL2-5 PP Andrew LaganSteven Johnston
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Dalhousie  0112
Massachusetts  3025
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Dalhousie  191121
Massachusetts  23161655
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Dalhousie  1/5 10/20 0
Massachusetts  2/10 5/10 0
Dalhousie Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Wendall Vye (L)59:525 20161450
Empty Net0:080     
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Steve Mastalerz (W)19:510 1001
Henry Dill20:001 0808
Alex Wakaluk20:001 001010
Empty Net0:090     

AMHERST, Mass. - Four goals from freshmen propelled the UMass hockey team to a 5-2 exhibition win over Dalhousie on Saturday night at the Mullins Center. All five tallies by the Minutemen came from underclassmen, including a pair from freshman Dennis Kravchenko.

Dictating play from the outset, UMass pocketed three in the first period, out-shooting the Tigers 23-1 in the stanza. Freshman Jake Horton put the Minutemen on the board 9:09 into the contest, burying a shot from the top of the slot with the assist going to classmate Riley McDougall.

UMass added its second of the night just over three minutes later. Off an outlet pass from redshirt sophomore Frank Vatrano, redshirt senior Troy Power connected with Kravchenko on a 2-on-1 that Kravchenko finished with a tap-in, glove side, at 12:26.

The Minutemen expanded the margin to 3-0 at 15:24 as Vatrano drove home a feed from Ben Gallacher at the point on the power play.

Dalhousie increased the offensive pressure in the second as freshman Henry Dill was forced to make a stellar glove save on his first shot of the period. Dill totaled eight saves in his 20 minutes in net, but the Tigers' Steven Johnston did manage to close the gap to 3-1 with his goal at 7:17.

However UMass regained its three-goal cushion early in the third. Kravchenko notched his second of the contest from freshman Keith Burchett on the power play 3:46 into the period.

Freshman Dominic Trento scored the fifth and final goal for the Minutemen at the 9:04 mark, redirecting a shot from senior Oleg Yevenko at the back post. Junior Shane Walsh earned an assist on the play, as well.

Dalhousie's Andrew Langan added a late power-play goal from Steven Johnson 19:02 into the third to cap off the scoring.

UMass' three netminders split time in the contest, playing one period apiece. In addition to Dill's eight stops, senior Steve Mastalerz had one save in the first, and sophomore Alex Wakaluk turned aside 10 shots in the third. Wendall Vye finished with 50 saves for the Tigers.

The Minutemen ended the night with a 55-21 shot advantage and went 2-for-10 on the power play to Dalhousie's 1-for-5. UMass won 31 of 61 faceoffs on the evening.

The 2014-15 season begins for the Minutemen next Friday, Oct. 10, when the squad will play host to #20 Boston University at 7 p.m. in the Mullins Center.