Vermont Catamounts Clip Massachusetts Minutemen, 2-1
Junior forward Rob Darrar and freshman forward Matt Alvaro score goals for Catamounts

Junior forward Rob Darrar scored a goal for the Catamounts
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 6:22  VER1-0 EV Rob Darrar (3)Brian Bowen/2
2nd 2:43  UMA1-1 EV Kurt Keats (3)William Lagesson/3, Shane Bear/3
3rd 14:46  VER2-1 EV GW Matt Alvaro (3)Kevin Irwin/4
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Vermont  1012
Massachusetts  0101
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Vermont  1051025
Massachusetts  26614
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Vermont (5-3-1)  0/5 5/10 0
Massachusetts (3-5-1)  0/5 5/10 0
Vermont Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Stefanos Lekkas (W, 4-1-1)59:471 25613
Empty Net0:130     
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ryan Wischow (L, 2-2-1)59:012 95923
Empty Net0:590     

AMHERST, Mass. - Junior forward Rob Darrar and freshman forward Matt Alvaro scored goals to help Vermont edge past Massachusetts, 2-1, on Saturday night at Mullins Center.


RESULT: Vermont 2, Massachusetts 1
LOCATION: Mullins Center (Amherst, Mass.)
RECORDS: Massachusetts (3-5-1, 1-3-1 HEA); Vermont (5-3-1, 2-2-0 HEA)

THE LEAD: University of Massachusetts hockey erased an early 1-0 deficit, but Vermont netted the deciding goal with just over five minutes to play in regulation to defeat the Minutemen 2-1 on Saturday night at the Mullins Center. The contest was a preview of UMass' opening Friendship Four matchup as the teams will meet again in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 13 days.


Vermont controlled much of the first period play, outshooting the Minutemen 10-2 in the frame. Rob Darrar gave the Catamounts a 1-0 lead 6:22 into the stanza, firing home a shot from the slot off feed from Brian Bowen below the goal line.


Early in the second, UMass managed to tie the score up at 1-1. Streaking across the top of the crease, sophomore Kurt Keats redirected William Lagesson's shot from the point past goaltender Stefanos Lekkas at the 2:43 mark. Freshman Shane Bear earned an assist on the play, as well.


In a back-and-forth third period that featured several scoring chances for both sides, Vermont ultimately pulled back in front with the deciding goal 14:46 into the frame. Matt Alvaro knocked in a rebound off a Kevin Irwin shot to give the Catamounts a 2-1 advantage. UMass narrowly missed tying the score up at two when junior Dominic Trento hit the post with around 2:40 to play.


- Vermont finished the night with a 25-14 shot advantage. Both teams went 0-for-5 on the power play.

- UMass had a dominant night over the faceoff dots, winning 64.4% (29-for-45) of the draws, led by senior Steven Iacobellis' 14-for-17 (82.4%) performance.

- Keats netted his third of the season, tying freshman Jonny Lazarus for the team scoring lead on the year.

- Lagesson's assist marked his third in the past four games. Bear's assist was his fourth point in five games (2g, 3a).

- Freshman Ryan Wischow (2-2-1) made his fifth start of the season and totaled 23 saves on the night.

UP NEXT: UMass will next travel to Durham, New Hampshire on Fri., Nov. 18, where the squad will face New Hampshire in a 7 p.m. Hockey East matchup.