Mastalerz Makes 44 Saves To Backstop Massachusetts To 4-1 Win Over Merrimack
Senior goaltender Steve Mastalerz makes 44 saves for Minutemen

Senior goaltender Steve Mastalerz made 44 saves for the Minutemen
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 19:50  UMA1-0 PP Dennis Kravchenko (7)Jake Horton/2
3rd 0:59  UMA2-0 EV GW Dennis Kravchenko (8)Troy Power/9
3rd 17:30  UMA3-0 SH EN Dominic Trento (2)Brandon Montour/8
3rd 18:43  MER1-3 EV EA Hampus Gustafsson (8)Marc Biega/6
3rd 19:26  UMA4-1 EV EN Patrick Lee (4)Dominic Trento/3, Keith Burchett/4
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Merrimack  0011
Massachusetts  0134
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Merrimack  11161845
Massachusetts  1714940
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Merrimack (13-8-3)  0/7 7/14 0
Massachusetts (8-16-1)  1/5 8/16 1
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Collin Delia (L, 4-4-1)56:562 1713636
Empty Net3:042     
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Steve Mastalerz (W, 1-7-0)60:001 11161744

AMHERST, Mass. - Stellar special teams play and a career high 44 saves from senior goaltender Steve Mastalerz helped carry the UMass hockey team to a 4-1 victory over #14/15 Merrimack on Sunday afternoon at the Mullins Center. Following the win, the Minutemen improve to 8-16-1 overall and 3-11-1 in Hockey East, while the Warriors fall to 13-8-3 on the year and 4-6-2 in league action.

Freshman Dennis Kravchenko recorded his second multi-goal game and sixth multi-point effort of the season with a power-play tally and the game winning goal. Classmate Dominic Trento posted his first career multi-point game, both scoring and assisting empty net tallies. Patrick Lee (1g), Keith Burchett (1a), Jake Horton (1a) and Brandon Montour (1a) all contributed to an eight-point effort from the UMass freshman class, as well.

With the teams deadlocked in a defensive battle that took the squads deep into the second without a goal despite an extended 5-on-3 penalty kill by the Minutemen, Kravchenko gave UMass a 1-0 edge with just 10 ticks to go in the period. After winning the faceoff back to Horton, Kravchenko went to the front of the net and put in a rebound off of Horton's shot at the 19:50 mark.

He then opened the second period with another tally to give the Minutemen a 2-0 lead. Redshirt senior Troy Power picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and set up Kravchenko's eighth of the year on an odd-man rush.

With Merrimack pulling Collin Delia for the extra skater on a power play late in the third, Trento put in UMass' first of two empty net goals 17:30 into the frame after Montour won the puck along the wall to earn the assist.

Shortly after the power play expired, the Warriors managed to spoil the shutout bid with a goal by Hampus Gustaffson from Marc Biega in a scramble in front of Mastalerz at 18:43.

Lee then capped off the victory for the Minutemen with another empty netter from Trento and Burchett at 19:26.

UMass was a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill against Merrimack and went 1-for-5 on the power play, while winning 36 of 66 faceoffs (54.5%) in the contest. The Warriors out-shot the Minutemen, 45-40 and Delia finished with 36 saves for Merrimack.

UMass will be back in action next Friday, Jan. 30, playing at #3 Boston University at 7:30 p.m.