|2nd||19:50||UMA||1-0||PP||Dennis Kravchenko (7)||Jake Horton/2|
|3rd||0:59||UMA||2-0||EV GW||Dennis Kravchenko (8)||Troy Power/9|
|3rd||17:30||UMA||3-0||SH EN||Dominic Trento (2)||Brandon Montour/8|
|3rd||18:43||MER||1-3||EV EA||Hampus Gustafsson (8)||Marc Biega/6|
|3rd||19:26||UMA||4-1||EV EN||Patrick Lee (4)||Dominic Trento/3, Keith Burchett/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Collin Delia (L, 4-4-1)||56:56||2||17||13||6||36|
|Steve Mastalerz (W, 1-7-0)||60:00||1||11||16||17||44|
AMHERST, Mass. - Stellar special teams play and a career high 44 saves from senior goaltender Steve Mastalerz helped carry the UMass hockey team to a 4-1 victory over #14/15 Merrimack on Sunday afternoon at the Mullins Center. Following the win, the Minutemen improve to 8-16-1 overall and 3-11-1 in Hockey East, while the Warriors fall to 13-8-3 on the year and 4-6-2 in league action.
Freshman Dennis Kravchenko recorded his second multi-goal game and sixth multi-point effort of the season with a power-play tally and the game winning goal. Classmate Dominic Trento posted his first career multi-point game, both scoring and assisting empty net tallies. Patrick Lee (1g), Keith Burchett (1a), Jake Horton (1a) and Brandon Montour (1a) all contributed to an eight-point effort from the UMass freshman class, as well.
With the teams deadlocked in a defensive battle that took the squads deep into the second without a goal despite an extended 5-on-3 penalty kill by the Minutemen, Kravchenko gave UMass a 1-0 edge with just 10 ticks to go in the period. After winning the faceoff back to Horton, Kravchenko went to the front of the net and put in a rebound off of Horton's shot at the 19:50 mark.
He then opened the second period with another tally to give the Minutemen a 2-0 lead. Redshirt senior Troy Power picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and set up Kravchenko's eighth of the year on an odd-man rush.
With Merrimack pulling Collin Delia for the extra skater on a power play late in the third, Trento put in UMass' first of two empty net goals 17:30 into the frame after Montour won the puck along the wall to earn the assist.
Shortly after the power play expired, the Warriors managed to spoil the shutout bid with a goal by Hampus Gustaffson from Marc Biega in a scramble in front of Mastalerz at 18:43.
Lee then capped off the victory for the Minutemen with another empty netter from Trento and Burchett at 19:26.
UMass was a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill against Merrimack and went 1-for-5 on the power play, while winning 36 of 66 faceoffs (54.5%) in the contest. The Warriors out-shot the Minutemen, 45-40 and Delia finished with 36 saves for Merrimack.
UMass will be back in action next Friday, Jan. 30, playing at #3 Boston University at 7:30 p.m.