Massachusetts Falls To Minnesota, 4-1, In Mariucci Classic Final

Freshman forward Jonny Lazarus scored a goal for the Minutemen
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 1:44  MIN1-0 PP Tyler Sheehy (12)Justin Kloos/12, Mike Szmatula/11
2nd 5:02  MIN2-0 SH GW Justin Kloos (9) -
2nd 12:54  UMA1-2 EV Jonny Lazarus (5)Jack Suter/3
2nd 14:09  MIN3-1 PP Mike Szmatula (6)Tyler Sheehy/13, Justin Kloos/13
3rd 19:23.6 MIN4-1 EV EN Vinni Lettieri (8)Steve Johnson/8, Jake Bischoff/14
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Massachusetts  0101
Minnesota  1214
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Massachusetts  10141034
Minnesota  1617639
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Massachusetts (5-13-2)  0/6 9/29 0
Minnesota (11-5-2)  2/5 10/31 1
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ryan Wischow (L, 4-9-2)59:123 1515535
Empty Net0:481     
Minnesota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Eric Schierhorn (W, 11-5-2)60:001 10131033

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.


- 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.