Kravchenko Hat Trick Leads Massachusetts Past Sacred Heart, 5-2
Sophomore forward Dennis Kravchenko posts hat trick and assist for Minutemen

Sophomore forward Dennis Kravchenko had a hat trick and an assist for the Minutemen
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 10:05  SAC1-0 EV Kory Kennedy (1)Zach De Concilys/1, Zach Luczyk/1
1st 17:41  UMA1-1 EV Keith Burchett (1)Shane Walsh/3, Steven Iacobellis/2
2nd 6:08  UMA2-1 PP Dennis Kravchenko (2)Austin Plevy/2, Steven Iacobellis/3
2nd 15:11  SAC2-2 EV Kory Kennedy (2)Erlich Doerksen/1, Zach Luczyk/2
3rd 13:08  UMA3-2 EV GW Dennis Kravchenko (3)Dominic Trento/3, Ray Pigozzi/3
3rd 15:42  UMA4-2 EV Dominic Trento (1)Dennis Kravchenko/4, Austin Plevy/3
3rd 17:23  UMA5-2 EV EN Dennis Kravchenko (4) -
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Sacred Heart  1102
Massachusetts  1135
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Sacred Heart  11161138
Massachusetts  89926
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Sacred Heart (0-1-1)  0/2 5/10 0
Massachusetts (3-0-0)  1/4 3/6 0
Sacred Heart Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Brett Magnus (L, 0-1-1)59:554 78621
Empty Net0:051     
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Henry Dill (W, 2-0-0)60:002 10151136

AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Dennis Kravchenko netted a hat trick and an assist for his second four-point effort of the season to help Massachusetts hockey down Sacred Heart, 5-2, in the Minutemen's home opener at the Mullins Center on Friday night. With the victory, UMass is off to its first 3-0-0 start since the 2009-10 season, while the Pioneers fall to 0-1-1 on the year.

Kravchenko's hat trick was the first of his career, while his four points tied a career single game high, recently set in the season opener at Colorado College. Freshman Austin Plevy continued his hot start to his rookie campaign, contributing a pair of assists for his sixth and seventh points of the season. Junior Steven Iacobellis chipped in a pair of helpers for his 11th career multi-point game, while sophomore Dominic Trento added a goal and an assist, extending his point-scoring streak to three straight games.

Sacred Heart was on the board first with a goal from Kory Kennedy midway through the opening period. Zach Luczyk won the puck in the neutral zone and fed it to Zach DeConcilys who dished off to Kennedy for the score at the 10:05 mark.

Late in the frame, UMass came through with the equalizer as Keith Burchett cleaned up a loose puck in the slot for his first of the season, set up by senior Shane Walsh and Iacobellis 17:41 into the period.

The Minutemen then pulled in front at the 6:08 mark of the second, capitalizing on a power play chance. Plevy found Kravchenko at the doorstep for the tally with Iacobellis picking up his second assist of the night, as well.

Kennedy scored his second goal of the game to knot score at 2-2 with less than five minutes remaining in the second period as Erlich Doerksen and Luczyk set up Kennedy's equalizer from inside the left faceoff circle.

At the 13:08 mark in the third, Kravchenko fired home the eventual game-winner on a one-timer from the slot.

Trento found his linemate alone in the slot with a pass from behind the net after junior Ray Pigozzi chipped the puck out of the corner.

Trento would add a goal of his own less than three minutes later to give UMass some breathing room at 4-2 off a feed from Kravchenko and Plevy.

With Sacred Heart's net empty and 2:37 remaining in the contest, Kravchenko completed his hat trick with an unassisted tally driven in from long range.

The Minutemen finished 1-for-4 on the power play while going a perfect 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. The Pioneers out-shot UMass, 38-26 on the night as sophomore Henry Dill made 36 saves and Sacred Heart netminder Brett Magnus stopped 21.

UMass will be back in action next Friday, Oct. 23, when the squad will open up Hockey East play at home vs. New Hampshire in the Mullins Center at 7 p.m.