|1st||11:01||UMA||1-0||EV||Dennis Kravchenko (8)||Ben Gallacher/8, Shane Walsh/6|
|1st||13:00||VER||1-1||EV||Alexx Privitera (3)||Brendan Bradley/5|
|1st||15:01||UMA||2-1||PP||Patrick Lee (3)||Ray Pigozzi/13, Austin Plevy/10|
|1st||18:39||UMA||3-1||PP||Dennis Kravchenko (9)||Ben Gallacher/9, Shane Walsh/7|
|2nd||10:52||VER||2-3||PP||Alexx Privitera (4)||Brendan Bradley/6|
|2nd||14:49||UMA||4-2||EV||Austin Plevy (7)||Ray Pigozzi/14, Brennan Baxandall/1|
|3rd||2:33||VER||3-4||EV||Ori Abramson (1)||Mitch Ferguson/2, Jarrid Privitera/5|
|3rd||5:18||VER||4-4||PP||Jonathan Turk (4)||Yvan Pattyn/9|
|3rd||10:19||VER||5-4||EV GW||Mario Puskarich (7)||Brendan Bradley/7|
|3rd||19:15||VER||6-4||EV EN||Brendan Bradley (9)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Packy Munson (W, 7-4-0)||59:51||4||9||4||5||18|
|Nic Renyard (L, 4-10-4)||59:12||5||14||18||8||40|
AMHERST, Mass. - After a strong start, the University of Massachusetts hockey team was unable to hold off a third period surge by Vermont, falling 6-4 on Saturday night at the Mullins Center. Following the setback, the Minutemen are now 7-14-4 on the season, 2-9-4 in Hockey East, while the Catamounts improve to 11-14-2 overall and 5-7-2 in league play.
In his second game back from injury, sophomore Dennis Kravchenko scored twice for his third multi-goal game of the season. Freshman Austin Plevy logged his fourth multi-point game of the year with a goal and an assist, while junior Ray Pigozzi added two helpers to match is career high for assists in a season at 14. Seniors Ben Gallacher and Shane Walsh both chipped in pairs of assists, as well, for their third and 10th career multi-point games, respectively.
Kravchenko opened the scoring 11:01 into the first period after winning an offensive zone faceoff back to Walsh who dished to Gallacher at the point. Kravchenko then redirected Gallacher's strike on its way to the net for his eighth of the season.
Moments later, Alexx Privitera tied the score 1-1 at the 13-minute mark for Vermont, blasting a one-timer from the high slot off a feed from Brendan Bradley down low.
UMass responded with a pair of power-play tallies to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. Pigozzi and Plevy set up sophomore Patrick Lee inside the left faceoff circle at 15:01 and Kravchenko had his second redirection of the night from Gallacher and Walsh at 18:39.
The teams went on to trade goals in the second period. Privitera logged his second of the contest on the power play at 10:52 before Plevy gave the Minutemen back a two-goal cushion 14:49 into the frame. Outlet passes from junior Brennan Baxandall and Pigozzi fed Plevy for quick wrister that beat Packy Munson from the left wing.
However, the Catamounts seized the momentum in the final stanza with four unanswered tallies. Ori Abramson curt the deficit to 4-3 at the 2:33 mark of the third period and Jonathan Turk followed with the equalizer 5:18 into the frame.
Mario Puskarich cleaned up a loose puck in front of the UMass net for the eventual game winner at 10:19 and Brendan Bradley sealed the victory for Vermont with an empty net goal 19:15 into the period.
The Catamounts out-shot the Minutemen 46-22 in the contest and went 2-for-8 on the power play, while UMass was 2-for-4 with the man advantage. UMass won 39 of 70 faceoffs (55.7%) on the evening, led by junior Steven Iacobellis (14 for 18, 77.8%) and Kravchenko (10 for 18, 55.6%) over the dots.
Freshman Nic Renyard totaled 40 saves for the Minutemen, his fourth 40-save performance of the season. Munson had 18 stops in net for Vermont.
UMass continues its home stand next Fri. and Sat., Jan. 29-30, playing host to Maine for two Hockey East contests at the Mullins Center.