|1st||0:46||UMA||1-0||EV||Shane Walsh (7)||Ray Pigozzi/5, Marc Hetnik/3|
|1st||2:00||UMA||2-0||EV||Kurt Keats (1)||Ben Gallacher/4, Joseph Widmar/1|
|1st||12:06||CON||1-2||PP||Evan Richardson (2)||Joseph Masonius/3, Maxim Letunov/7|
|2nd||15:11||UMA||3-1||EV||Dominic Trento (4)||Austin Plevy/5, Dennis Kravchenko/6|
|3rd||4:19||UMA||4-1||EV GW||Dominic Trento (5)||Austin Plevy/6, Dennis Kravchenko/7|
|3rd||13:53||CON||2-4||PS||Maxim Letunov (6)||-|
|3rd||17:10||UMA||5-2||EV||Austin Plevy (6)||Dennis Kravchenko/8, Dominic Trento/6|
|3rd||19:13||CON||3-5||EV||Joseph Masonius (2)||Ryan Segalla/2, Patrick Kirtland/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Rob Nichols (L, 3-5-0)||59:31||5||10||12||5||27|
|Nic Renyard (W, 4-1-1)||60:00||3||5||5||19||29|
AMHERST, Mass. - Two goals in the first two minutes of play helped propel the Massachusetts hockey team to a 5-3 win over Connecticut on Saturday night at the Mullins Center. With the victory, the Minutemen completed the weekend sweep against the Huskies (3-6-0, 1-5-0 HEA) to improve to 6-2-1 overall and 2-1-1 in league action.
UMass' line of freshman Austin Plevy and sophomores Dennis Kravchenko and Dominic Trento combined for nine of the team's 15 points on the evening. Trento posted his first three-point game of his career and second multi-point effort of the weekend as he logged two goals and one assist in the contest. Plevy registered his third multi-point game of the season with a goal and two assists, while Kravchenko had three helpers to match a career high.
For a second night in a row, UMass took an early 1-0 lead over UConn. Senior Shane Walsh's shot from the right faceoff circle off a feed from juniors Ray Pigozzi and Marc Hetnik tucked inside the far post at the 46 seconds into the first for his seventh goal of the season.
The Minutemen then increased the advantage to 2-0 moments later. Freshman Kurt Keats netted the first of his career, whacking in a puck mid-air that came from senior Ben Gallacher in the slot. Freshman Joseph Widmar picked up an assist on the play, as well, his first career point.
UConn took one of the goals back on its first power play of the game to halve its deficit. Joseph Msonius and Max Letunov set up Evan Richardson's shot from the point that found its way past Nic Renyard 12:06 into the period.
Trento scored 15:11 into the second period to give UMass back its two-goal cushion, cleaning up a rebound at the net mouth from Plevy and Kravchenko.
Then at the 4:19 mark of the third period, Trento added his second of the contest to give the Minutemen more breathing room, finishing off a feed from Plevy and Kravchenko once more.
The Huskies were awarded a penalty shot that Letunov converted at the 13:53 mark of the third period, but Plevy promptly answered for UMass at 17:10 with his second goal of the weekend from linemates Kravchenko and Trento.
UConn capped off the scoring with a shot from the point by Masonius that found the back of the net 19:13 into the third period.
The teams finished the contest even in shots at 32 apiece, while the Huskies were 1-for-3 on the power play and the Minutemen went 0-for-2. Renyard picked up the win in net for UMass with 29 saves to improve to 4-1-1 on the season. and Rob Nichols, UConn's netminder, stopped 27 shots.
The Minutemen will be back in action next Fri., Nov. 13, when the squad will play host to #16 Merrimack at 7 p.m. in the Mullins Center.