|1st||4:09||NOE||1-0||EV||Ryan Rosenthal (4)||Matt Benning/5, Jarrett Fennell/1|
|1st||6:36||NOE||2-0||EV||Mike Szmatula (5)||Kevin Roy/9, Dalen Hedges/11|
|1st||10:51||NOE||3-0||PP||Mike Szmatula (6)||Matt Benning/6, Kevin Roy/10|
|2nd||1:52||NOE||4-0||PP GW||Kevin Roy (4)||Dalen Hedges/12, Matt Benning/7|
|2nd||7:34||UMA||1-4||EV||Patrick Lee (3)||Troy Power/6, Dennis Kravchenko/7|
|2nd||8:20||NOE||5-1||EV||Adam Reid (1)||Dylan Sikura/2, Brendan Collier/1|
|2nd||11:56||UMA||2-5||EV||Frank Vatrano (8)||Shane Walsh/5, Steven Iacobellis/9|
|2nd||18:19||NOE||6-2||PP||Zach Aston-Reese (3)||Ryan Rosenthal/3, John Stevens/5|
|3rd||3:05||NOE||7-2||PP||Kevin Roy (5)||Mike McMurtry/6, Colton Saucerman/3|
|3rd||13:04||NOE||8-2||PP||Colton Saucerman (4)||Dalen Hedges/13, Kevin Roy/11|
|3rd||17:04||UMA||3-8||PP||Frank Vatrano (9)||Patrick Lee/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Clay Witt (W, 5-5-0)||60:00||3||10||10||11||31|
|Steve Mastalerz (L, 0-6-0)||49:07||5||0||8||7||15|
AMHERST, Mass. - A 5-for-9 outing on the power play helped carry Northeastern past UMass, 8-3 on Tuesday night at the Mullins Center in a non-league matchup between the pair of Hockey East programs. The loss leaves the Minutemen at 4-12-0 overall, while the Huskies improve to 5-10-1.
Redshirt sophomore Frank Vatrano provided two of UMass' tallies on the evening, his team-leading eighth and ninth goals of the year. It marked Vatrano's third multi-goal game of the season and third multi-point effort. Freshman Patrick Lee contributed his third goal of the year and added an assist, as well, for his fourth career multi-point game. The contest also marked the collegiate debut of freshman Brandon Montour as the 2014 second round draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks joined the Minutemen following the close of the fall semester.
Northeastern opened the scoring 4:09 into the first as Matt Benning and Jarrett Fennell set up Ryan Rosenthal for a shot from the slot that trickled home after netminder Henry Dill made the initial stop.
The Huskies then pushed their advantage to 2-0 when Kevin Roy and Dalen Hedges set up a Mike Szmatula one-timer at 6:36. Szmatula struck again with a power-play goal 10:51 into the period that he rung in off the inside of the left goal post. Benning and Roy earned assists on the play.
Northeastern increased the margin to 4-0 early in the second before the Minutemen managed to get on the board 7:34 into the stanza. Redshirt senior Troy Power and freshman Dennis Kravchenko assisted a one-timer by Lee to bring the score to 4-1.
However, the Huskies promptly answered with a tally by Adam Reied at the 8:20 mark.
UMass countered once more with Vatrano driving home the puck from the slot off a faceoff win by sophomore Steven Iacobellis that junior Shane Walsh centered for Vatrano 11:56 into the second.
Zach Aston-Reese added Northeastern's third goal of the stanza with the man advantage at the 18:19 mark. Roy and Colton Saucerman contributed the Huskies fourth and fifth power-play goals of the night 3:05 and 13:04 into the third before Vatrano capped off the scoring for the Minutemen on a give-and-go from Lee 17:04 into the frame.
UMass ended the night with a 34-24 shot advantage and won 46 of 72 faceoffs in the contest (63.9%). Senior Steve Mastalerz played the final 49:07 and made 15 saves, while Clay Witt had 31 stops in net for Northeastern.
The Minutemen will break for the holidays and will be back in action on Dec. 28 when the squad will face #16 Providence at the Catamount Cup in Burlington, Vt., at 4 p.m.