Massachusetts Shut Out By AIC, 3-0

Massachusetts sophomore defenseman Callum Fryer (pictured)
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 2:37  AIC1-0 EV GW Billy Vizzo (1)Marc Dubeau/2, Jānis Jaks/3
3rd 1:36  AIC2-0 EV Johnny Mueller (3)Martin Mellberg/6
3rd 15:55  AIC3-0 EV Joel Kocur (1)Jānis Jaks/4, Kyle Stephan/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
American International  0123
Massachusetts  0000
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
American International  68721
Massachusetts  127827
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
American International (4-9-6)  0/5 7/14 0
Massachusetts (5-14-2)  0/7 5/10 0
American International Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Zackarias Skog (W, 2-5-4)60:000 127827
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Nic Renyard (L, 1-5-0)59:553 67518
Empty Net0:050     

AMHERST, Mass. - Massachusetts poured 27 shots at AIC netminder Zackarias Skog but could not break through as the Minutemen were downed, 3-0, on Tuesday at Mullins Center.


RESULT: American International 3, Massachusetts 0
LOCATION: Mullins Center (Amherst, Mass.)
RECORDS: Massachusetts (5-14-2); American International (4-9-6)

THE LEAD: A goal in the second and two in the third from three different scorers helped carry American International past the University of Massachusetts hockey team on Tuesday night at the Mullins Center. Zackarias Skog backstopped the Yellow Jackets to the shutout with 27 saves.


The teams played a scoreless first with UMass holding a 12-6 shot advantage. AIC threatened with a series of chances seven minutes in, but sophomore Nic Renyard came up with the string of stops. The Minutemen had an extended 5-on-3 with Kyle Stephan heading to the box for tripping at 12:33 for the Yellow Jackets, soon joined by Hugo Reinhardt and Jared Pike who took penalties 12:59 into the frame. UMass was unable to convert on the opportunity, though, finishing the period 0-for-3 with the man advantage.


AIC jumped on the board 2:37 into the second period. Marc Dubeau's initial shot was stopped by sophomore Nic Renyard, but a second effort from Billy Vizzo stuffed the puck in at the post.


The Yellow Jackets pushed the advantage to 2-0 early in the third. Johnny Mueller carried a feed from Martin Mellberg down the ice and drove the net and his shot deflected in, finding the space between Renyard and the post at 1:36. AIC later completed the scoring at the 15:55 mark as Joel Kocur fired home a one-timer from the top of the crease from Janis Jaks and Kyle Stephan.


- UMass out-shot AIC, 27-21, and won 33 of 58 (56.9%) faceoffs in the contest, led by senior Steven Iacobellis (12 for 19, 63.2%).

The Minutemen went 0-for-7 on the power play on the evening, while the Yellow Jackets were 0-for-5.

- Renyard, making his first start since Nov. 18 at New Hampshire, totaled 18 saves in net for UMass.

UP NEXT: UMass will next travel to Fenway Park this Saturday, Jan. 7, where the squad will face. No. 5 Boston University in a Frozen Fenway matchup at 1:30 p.m.