Massachusetts Upends Arizona State, 4-2
Freshman forward John Leonard scores game-winning goal for Minutemen

Freshman forward John Leonard scored the game-winning goal for the Minutemen
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 6:30  UMA1-0 EV Jake Gaudet (1)Jake Horton/1, Oliver Chau/1
1st 7:39  ASU1-1 EV Johnny Walker (1)Joey Raats/1, Dylan Hollman/3
2nd 7:59  UMA2-1 EV Griff Jeszka (1)Brett Boeing/1
2nd 12:06  ASU2-2 EV Anthony Croston (1)Louie Rowe/4
3rd 9:02  UMA3-2 EV GW John Leonard (1)Niko Rufo/1, Jake McLaughlin/1
3rd 19:11  UMA4-2 EV EN Niko Rufo (1)Mario Ferraro/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Massachusetts  1124
Arizona State  1102
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Massachusetts  6131332
Arizona State  88824
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Massachusetts (1-1-0)  0/4 4/8 0
Arizona State (1-1-0)  0/4 4/8 0
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Matt Murray (W, 1-0-0)59:572 77822
Empty Net0:030     
Arizona State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Joey Daccord (L, 1-1-0)58:383 5121128
Empty Net1:221     

TEMPE, Ariz. - Amherst native John Leonard's first collegiate goal broke a 2-2 deadlock midway through the third period to help carry University of Massachusetts hockey to its first win of the season, 4-2 at Arizona State on Saturday night. The victory levels the Minutemen's record at 1-1-0, while the Sun Devils sit at 1-1-0, as well.

UMass jumped on the board first at the 6:30 mark of the opening period. Freshman Jake Gaudet swatted home a rebound off a Jake Horton shot from the top of the crease to give the Minutemen a 1-0 lead. Freshman Oliver Chau earned his first collegiate point with the secondary assist.

Arizona State answered, however, just 69 seconds later. Joey Raats found Johnny Walker in the slot for a quick wrister that knotted things up at 1-1.

The Minutemen went back on top by a goal 7:59 into the second period. Junior Brett Boeing fed the puck out of the corner to sophomore Griff Jeszka for a close-range one-timer, the first points of the year for both.

At 12:06, though, the Sun Devils answered once more. Anthony Croston tucked a shot under the cross bar, set up by Louie Rowe.

UMass regained the lead 9:02 into the third period when Leonard collected a pass from redshirt senior Niko Rufo and sophomore Jake McLaughlin and slid the puck underneath netminder Joey Daccord.

Rufo then sealed the victory with an empty net tally from freshman Mario Ferraro at the 19:11 mark to complete a two-point night.

Freshman Matt Murray earned his first collegiate win (1-0-0) in net, making 22 saves in the victory for the Minutemen. Daccord stopped 28 shots for Arizona State as UMass out-shot the Sun Devils 32-24. Both teams were 0-for-4 on the power play for the night.

UMass returns to action on Fri., Oct. 13, when the squad will travel to Union for a 7 p.m. contest in Schenectady, New York.