|1st||1:44||MIN||1-0||PP||Tyler Sheehy (12)||Justin Kloos/12, Mike Szmatula/11|
|2nd||5:02||MIN||2-0||SH GW||Justin Kloos (9)||-|
|2nd||12:54||UMA||1-2||EV||Jonny Lazarus (5)||Jack Suter/3|
|2nd||14:09||MIN||3-1||PP||Mike Szmatula (6)||Tyler Sheehy/13, Justin Kloos/13|
|3rd||19:23.6||MIN||4-1||EV EN||Vinni Lettieri (8)||Steve Johnson/8, Jake Bischoff/14|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ryan Wischow (L, 4-9-2)||59:12||3||15||15||5||35|
|Eric Schierhorn (W, 11-5-2)||60:00||1||10||13||10||33|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Freshman forward Jonny Lazarus scored a goal but Massachusetts was downed by Minnesota, 4-1, in the title game of the Mariucci Classic on Saturday night at Mariucci Arena.
RESULT: #11 Minnesota 4, Massachusetts 1 - Mariucci Classic Championship Game
LOCATION: Mariucci Arena (Minneapolis, Minn.)
RECORDS: Massachusetts (5-13-2); Minnesota (11-5-2)
THE LEAD: No. 11 Minnesota used three special teams goals to help the squad past University of Massachusetts hockey, 4-1, in the Mariucci Classic championship game on Saturday night. The Gophers finished 2-for-5 on the power play and netted a shorthanded goal, as well.
The Gophers capitalized on an early penalty against the Minutemen as Tyler Sheehy scored on a 2-on-1 on the power play from Justin Kloos and Mike Szmatula at the 1:44 mark. UMass had a chance on an odd-man rush of its own with 14:42 to go in the first, but sophomore Ryan Badger's shot was stopped by Eric Schierhorn.
Minnesota hit the post with 17:57 on the clock in the second before ultimately expanding its lead to 2-0 on a shorthanded breakway by Kloos 5:02 into the period. The Gophers appeared to go up 3-0 at 9:38, but the goal was waived off for goaltender interference. Freshman Jonny Lazarus pulled the Minutemen back to within one at the 12:54 mark, taking a blocked shot from classmate Jack Suter up the ice for the tally. However, Minnesota pushed the margin back to two with a power-play goal from Szmatula at 14:09.
UMass had five power play opportunities in the third period, including an abbreviated five-minute power play, but was unable to convert, finishing the night 0-for-6. Seven of the Minutemen's 10 shots in the final frame came with the man advantage. The Gophers added an empty net goal from Vinni Lettieri 19:23 into the period to complete the scoring.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Minnesota edged UMass in shots, 39-34. Wischow totaled 35 saves for the Minutemen and his counterpart, Eric Schierhorn, had 33 stops for the Gophers.
- Lazarus' goal marked his fifth of the season, landing him in a three-way tie for the team lead. Suter's assist was his third of the year.
- Junior Jake Horton represented UMass on the Mariucci Classic All-Tournament Team.
UP NEXT: The Minutemen will return home to play host to American International on Tue., Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center.