|1st||11:10||UMA||1-0||EV||Riley McDougall (4)||Steven Guzzo/4, Brandon Montour/11|
|2nd||0:18||UMA||2-0||PP||Dennis Kravchenko (9)||Jake Horton/3, Ben Gallacher/6|
|2nd||13:39||NOE||1-2||PP||Colton Saucerman (6)||Mike Szmatula/11, Zach Aston-Reese/8|
|2nd||14:37||NOE||2-2||EV||John Stevens (3)||Nolan Stevens/3|
|2nd||19:18||UMA||3-2||EV||Patrick Lee (5)||Ray Pigozzi/11|
|3rd||6:19||NOE||3-3||EV||Zach Aston-Reese (6)||Mike Szmatula/12, Matt Benning/15|
|3rd||8:54||NOE||4-3||EV GW||Trevor Owens (2)||Kevin Roy/18|
|3rd||19:07||NOE||5-3||EV||Kevin Roy (12)||Nolan Stevens/4, Matt Benning/16|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Clay Witt (W, 8-6-2)||60:00||3||7||6||6||19|
|Steve Mastalerz (L, 1-8-0)||59:21||5||8||16||10||34|
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass hockey team held a 2-0 lead in the second period, but was unable to withstand a late surge by Northeastern in a 5-3 setback at the Mullins Center on Friday night. Following the loss, the Minutemen sit at 8-18-1 overall, 3-13-1 in Hockey East, while the Huskies improve to 12-11-4 on the year and 7-7-2 in league action.
Freshmen Riley McDougall, Dennis Kravchenko and Patrick Lee provided the Minutemen's three tallies on the evening as UMass has seen a spike in rookie scoring lately with 10 of the squad's last 14 goals scored on the year coming from the freshman class. McDougall's goal marked his fourth of the year and fourth in the past five games, while Kravchenko extended his point-scoring streak to four straight games with his ninth tally of the year and 23rd point to tie him for the team lead in scoring. Lee's goal was his fifth of the season and fifth point over the past three contests. Also extending his point streak to four games was freshman Brandon Montour as his 11th assist of the season was his sixth point in the past four games.
Midway through the opening period, McDougall put the Minutemen on the board first. Off an outlet pass from Montour, McDougall started a give-and-go with redshirt senior Steven Guzzo that ended with McDougall putting home a rebound at the 11:10 mark.
Just 18 ticks into the second period, Kravchenko increased UMass' lead to 2-0, curling into the slot and firing home his third power-play goal of the season from freshman Jake Horton and junior Ben Gallacher at the points.
However, Northeastern responded with a man advantage tally of its own at 13:39. Colton Saucerman blasted in a one-timer from the point with Mike Szmatula and Zach Aston-Reese earning the assists.
The Huskies then tied the score, 2-2, 14:37 into the stanza. John Stevens finished off a 2-on-1 from his brother, Nolan, into the top left corner of the UMass net.
In the final minute of the period, though, the Minutemen countered to climb back in front, 3-2. Sophomore Ray Pigozzi caused a turnover behind Northeastern's net and found Lee streaking down the slot to finish the play at 19:18.
Northeastern went on to score the equalizer 6:19 into the third as Aston-Reese put home a rebound from Szmatula and Matt Benning amidst a scramble in front of the UMass goal.
Moments later at 8:54, Trevor Owens cleaned up a rebound from a Kevin Roy shot, putting the go-ahead goal for the Huskies into an open net.
Roy eventually added a late insurance tally for Northeastern from Nolan Stevens and Benning at 19:07.
The Huskies finished the contest with a 39-22 shot advantage and went 1-for-1 on the power-play, while UMass was 1-for-4. Over the dots, the Minutemen won 32-of-61 draws, paced by Kravchenko's 14-for-22 (63.6%) effort.
Senior Steve Mastalerz totaled 34 saves in net for UMass and Clay Witt made 19 stops for Northeastern.
The Minutemen will be back in action at the Mullins Center tomorrow night, Feb. 7, playing host to the first of three straight against #12/11 UMass Lowell at 7 p.m.