Massachusetts Notches 5-2 Win Over UMass Lowell
Sophomore forward Frank Vatrano scores two goals for Minutemen

Sophomore forward Frank Vatrano scored two goals for the Minutemen
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 6:59  UMA1-0 EV Dennis Kravchenko (10)Shane Walsh/7, Dominic Trento/4
2nd 17:41  UMA2-0 EV Dominic Trento (4)Anthony Petrella/3, Brandon Montour/12
2nd 18:18  UMA3-0 PP GW Frank Vatrano (15)Brandon Montour/13, Jake Horton/4
3rd 2:32  UMA4-0 EV Frank Vatrano (16)Ray Pigozzi/12, Ben Gallacher/7
3rd 4:42  UML1-4 PP Michael Kapla (4)C.J. Smith/13, A.J. White/8
3rd 5:09  UML2-4 PP Dylan Zink (9)Michael Kapla/15, C.J. Smith/14
3rd 6:09  UMA5-2 EV Shane Walsh (10)Dennis Kravchenko/15
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
UMass Lowell  0022
Massachusetts  0325
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
UMass Lowell  1271130
Massachusetts  1513634
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
UMass Lowell (16-10-3)  2/3 2/4 0
Massachusetts (9-18-1)  1/2 4/8 0
UMass Lowell Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Kevin Boyle (L, 13-7-3)60:005 1510429
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Steve Mastalerz (W, 2-8-0)60:002 127928

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass hockey team used a three-goal second period to roll to a 5-2 win over #12/11 UMass Lowell on Saturday night at the Mullins Center. Following the win, the Minutemen improve to 9-18-1 overall 4-13-1 in Hockey East, while the River Hawks fall to 16-10-3 overall and 9-7-2 in league play.

Five UMass players had mutli-point nights, including freshman Dennis Kravchenko who notched his 10th goal of the year and 15th assist to extend his point-scoring streak to five straight games. Freshman Brandon Montour also added to his point streak, currently at five games, with his 12th and 13th helpers of the year. Montour now has eight points in his past five games.

Redshirt sophomore Frank Vatrano logged his fourth multi-goal game of the season, his team-leading 15th and 16th tallies of the year. Freshman Dominic Trento posted his second career multi-point game (1g, 1a) and has logged five points in the past four games, while junior Shane Walsh continued his hot scoring stretch with a goal and an assist to bring his total to 10 points (8g, 2a) in 10 games since Jan. 2.

After a scoreless first period, which included a penalty shot attempt by UMass Lowell's Joe Gambardella that was turned aside by goaltender Steve Mastalerz, the Minutemen took a 1-0 lead 6:59 into the second. Trento won the puck below the goal line, Walsh fired a shot from the right faceoff circle and Kravchenko put home the rebound to put UMass on the board.

Trento then scored the Minutemen's second of the evening late in the second to push the advantage to 2-0 17:41 into the frame, driving in a puck from the slot off a feed from freshman Anthony Petrella and Montour.

Less than a minute later, UMass increased the margin to 3-0 on their first power-play opportunity of the night at the 18:18 mark. Off a pass from Montour and freshman Jake Horton, Vatrano buried a one-timer from the right faceoff circle.

Vatrano struck again 2:32 into the third period, driving in his second of the night on an odd-man rush after sophomore Ray Pigozzi caused a turnover in the neutral zone, bringing the score to 4-0.

The River Hawks responded to close the gap to 4-2 with two quick power-play goals following UMass penalties at 4:07 and 4:31. Michael Kapla spoiled the shutout bid with his fourth of the year at the 4:42 mark and set up another by Dylan Zink at 5:09.

However, exactly 60 seconds after Zink's goal, the Minutemen quelled the rally with Walsh's 10th of the season from Kravchenko, giving UMass a 5-3 cushion.

The Minutemen ended the night with a 34-30 shot advantage and went 1-for-2 on the power play, while UMass Lowell was 2-for-3. Mastalerz totaled 28 saves for UMass and Kevin Boyle had 29 stops for the River Hawks.

The teams will meet again next Friday, Feb. 13, in a non-conference matchup at the Mullins Center that is set to begin at 7 p.m.