SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Massachusetts Hockey (6-3-1, 4-2-1 Hockey East) dropped its second-consecutive game on Saturday, losing a 4-3 nonconference matchup with Union College (5-3- 2, 1-1-0 ECACHL). UMass entered Saturday's game at Union as the nation's least penalized team, but came away with 11 infractions for 22 minutes, resulting in two Union goals.
The Minutemen took a 2-0 lead in the first, the goals coming from Matt Anderson and Kevin Jarman. Anderson's tally at 7:27 beat Justin Mrazek five- hole, shot from between the circles. P.J. Fenton passed the puck up from behind the net to Anderson for the assist.
Jarman notched his third of the season at 15:50 on the power play, a tip off the clean shot from the blueline by rookie Justin Braun. Nolet, also at the blueline, made the initial pass to Braun for the second assist and UMass took the 2-0 advantage into the break.
Massachusetts got itself into some heavy penalty trouble in the second, allowing two man-advantage goals in the opening five minutes to make it a 2-2 game. Jeff Christiansen brought the Dutchmen to within one just 2:10 into the middle stanza with a power play goal. With David Leaderer in the box for a contact to the head roughing penalty, Union capitalized with the tip down low, assisted by T. J. Fox and Mike Schreiber. Christiansen again lit the lamp at 5:21, and again was assisted by Fox.
Mark Matheson put UMass up by one with a power play goal at 9:02, once again shot from the blueline through traffic to beat Mrazek glove side. Chris Capraro and Chris Davis assisted on the play to make it 3-2 Minutemen. But Union marched back with their third goal of the evening at 13:42, scored by Josh Coyle and assisted by Jason Walters and Olivier Bouchard.
The Dutchmen took the lead at 12:57 with Bouchard's fourth of the season, tucking in a miscue by Jon Quick to make it 4-3. With the UMass netminder trying to play the puck at the side of the crease, Josh Coyle slipped it between Quick and the pipe, leaving it just at the goal line where Bouchard poked it in.
Head Coach Don Cahoon pulled Quick in favor of the extra attacker with 1:02 remaining in regulation, but the Minutemen were unable to convert and force overtime. Overall, shots were 36-28 in favor of the home team. The teams combined for 23 penalties for 46 minutes, and both squads notched two PP tallies.
UMass returns to Hockey East play on Tuesday when they travel to Boston to take on the Terriers. Game time is set for 7 p.m.