|1st||15:28||UMA||1-0||EV||Jake Horton (1)||Kurt Keats/8, Steven Iacobellis/7|
|2nd||3:35||ALH||1-1||EV EA||Max McHugh (7)||Josh Kestner/11, Jordan Larson/7|
|OT||2:10||UMA||2-1||EV GW||Griff Jeszka (5)||William Lagesson/5, Niko Hildenbrand/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Alabama Huntsville (7-12-2)||0/4||3/6||0|
|Alabama Huntsville Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Jordan Uhelski (L, 5-5-2)||62:05||2||6||6||5||0||17|
|Ryan Wischow (W, 4-8-2)||61:31||1||10||10||9||0||29|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Freshman forward Griff Jeszka scored at 2:10 of overtime to propel Massachusetts to a 2-1 win against Alabama Huntsville in the opening game of the Mariucci Classic on Friday at Mariucci Arena.
RESULT: Massachusetts 2, Alabama Huntsville 1 (OT) - Mariucci Classic
LOCATION: Mariucci Arena (Minneapolis, Minn.)
RECORDS: Massachusetts (5-12-2); Alabama Huntsville (7-13-2)
THE LEAD: Freshman Griff Jeszka put the puck into an open net for the game winner 2:10 into overtime to lift University of Massachusetts hockey to a 2-1 victory in the Mariucci Classic on Friday afternoon at Mariucci Arena. The Minutemen will face either Mercyhurst or Minnesota in the championship game tomorrow at either 5:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. ET.
With few scoring chances early for either team, senior captain Steven Iacobellis kept it a 0-0 game, blocking a shot in front of the net with 8:35 on the clock and UAH coming off a power play opportunity. Minnesota native Jake Horton put the Minutemen on top 15:28 into the period, scoring with a shot from the right point after receiving the puck from sophomore Kurt Keats off a Iacobellis offensive zone faceoff win.
Max McHugh leveled the score for the Chargers 3:35 into the second period with an extra skater on for a delayed penalty. McHugh redirected a puck past netminder Ryan Wischow from Josh Kestner and Jordan Larson.
UMass killed off a pair of late penalties in a scoreless third and drew a power play of its own on a shorthanded breakaway chance by Ray Pigozzi around the six-minute mark. Alabama Huntsville out-shot the Minutemen, 9-5 in the period.
On a UMass rush up the ice, a pass from sophomore William Lagesson and freshman Niko Hildenbrand found Jeszka alone in front for the game winner 2:10 into the extra frame.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- UMass held UAH to a 0-for-4 night on the power play, while the Minutemen were 0-for-3. The Chargers finished the contest with a 30-19 shot advantage.
- Horton's goal was his first tally since Jan. 16, 2015, a span of 41 games, and marked his fifth of his career.
- Keats' team-leading eighth assist of the season matched his 2015-16 total of eight in 35 games. He has equaled his freshman year point total (12) and extended his point-scoring streak to three straight, as well.
- Iacobellis' assist marked his 50th of his career, 29th all-time in program history. He is now tied for 30th all-time with 77 career points.
- Jeszka's goal, his fifth of the season, pulled him into a tie for the team lead with Austin Plevy. Jeszka paces UMass' freshman class in goals and points (10).
- Lagesson's assist was his fifth of the season, equaling his freshman year total of five in 27 games in 2015-16.
- Hildenbrand's assist marked his first of his collegiate career and his fourth point on the year.
- Wischow earned the win (4-8-2) in net for UMass and finished with 29 saves.
UP NEXT: UMass awaits the winner of tonight's Mariucci Classic matchup between host Minnesota and Mercyhurst.