|1st||19:43||UMA||1-0||PP||Ray Pigozzi (1)||Dominic Trento/1, Patrick Lee/1|
|2nd||8:03||UMA||2-0||EV||Shane Walsh (1)||Marc Hetnik/1, Austin Plevy/1|
|2nd||9:50||UMA||3-0||PP||Austin Plevy (1)||Dennis Kravchenko/1, Steven Iacobellis/1|
|2nd||11:59||CC||1-3||PP||Trevor Gooch (1)||Teemu Kivihalme/1, Mason Bergh/1|
|2nd||14:38||UMA||4-1||EV GW||Austin Plevy (2)||Dennis Kravchenko/2, Shane Walsh/1|
|3rd||0:51||UMA||5-1||PP||Austin Plevy (3)||Dennis Kravchenko/3|
|3rd||5:41||CC||2-5||PP||Hunter Fejes (1)||Andrew Farny/1, Alex Roos/1|
|3rd||11:20||CC||3-5||EV||Trey Bradley (1)||Mason Bergh/2, Cole McCaskill/1|
|3rd||19:42||UMA||6-3||EV EN||Dennis Kravchenko (1)||Ben Gallacher/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Colorado College (0-1-0)||2/7||6/12||0|
|Henry Dill (W, 1-0-0)||60:00||3||14||8||17||39|
|Colorado College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Tyler Marble (L, 0-1-0)||58:05||5||6||6||3||15|
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Freshman Austin Plevy scored three times in his collegiate debut to help lift Massachusetts hockey to a 6-3 win on the road at Colorado College on Friday night. The Minutemen now open the season at 1-0-0, while the Tigers fall to 0-1-0.
Plevy became the first UMass player to log a hat trick since Michael Pereira did so in Feb. 2012 and is the first freshman in the program's history with a hat trick since Michael Marcou in Jan. 2008. Sophomore Dennis Kravchenko chipped in three points, as well, with a goal and two assist to match his career high. In addtion senior Shane Walsh and junior Steven Iacobellis both had two-point nights with a goal and an assist and two helpers, respectively.
Despite being outshot 14-7 in the first period, UMass found itself on the board first with a power play opportunity late in the period. Sophomore Patrick Lee fed classmate Dominic Trento from behind the net and junior Ray Pigozzi was at the doorstep for the stuff-in at the 19:43 mark.
Midway through the second, the Minutemen punched in two tallies just one minute, 47 seconds apart. Walsh provided the first as he knocked in a shot from Marc Hetnik 8:03 into the stanza. Iacobellis, who intercepted the puck at the blue line, earned an assist on the play, as well.
Moments later on the power play, Kravchenko and Iacobellis set up Plevy's first collegiate goal that increased the margin to 3-0, 9:50 into the period.
Colorado College took one of the goals back with a man advantage opportunity of its own at the 11:59 mark as Trevor Gooch put in a wraparound from Teemu Kivihalme and Mason Bergh to close the gap to 3-1.
Plevy answered for the Minutemen, though, stuffing in the puck at the back door from Kravchenko and Iacobellis just as a power play expired 14:38 into the second.
Then, just 51 ticks into the third, Plevy completed his hat trick with an unassisted tally that put UMass up by a 5-1 margin.
The Tigers would not go quietly, however, with a power-play goal from Hunter Fejes at the 5:41 mark and a tally off a rebound by Trey Bradley at 11:20 closed the gap to 5-3.
Facing its second major penalty of the period with under eight minutes to go, UMass held strong and Kravchenko iced the victory with an empty net goal from senior Ben Gallacher with 18 seconds remaining.
Colorado College finished the night with a 42-21 shot advantage and went 2-for-7 on the power play, while the Minutemen were 3-for-6 with the man advantage. UMass won 36 of 68 faceoffs, paced by Kravchenko's 9-for-14 night over the dots.
In net, sophomore Henry Dill made 39 saves for the Minutemen and Tyler Marble had 15 stops for the Tigers.
The teams will be back in action tomorrow night, Sat., Oct. 10, with game two of the weekend series set for a 9:07 puck drop, Eastern time.