|1st||0:18||MNE||1-0||EV||Chase Pearson (5)||-|
|1st||14:45||UMA||1-1||EV||Mitchell Chaffee (10)||Oliver Chau/12, Mario Ferraro/13|
|2nd||8:05||MNE||2-1||EV||Emil Westerlund (6)||Brady Keeper/9, Alexis Binner/6|
|2nd||13:19||MNE||3-1||EV GW||Chase Pearson (6)||Mitchell Fossier/16, Eduards Tralmaks/12|
|3rd||15:00||UMA||2-3||PP||John Leonard (7)||Mitchell Chaffee/8, Mario Ferraro/14|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Jeremy Swayman (W, 11-5-3)||60:00||2||10||7||11||28|
|Ryan Wischow (L, 7-5-0)||58:35||3||4||7||12||23|
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts scored with five minutes to go in the third to pull back within one, but Maine held on to defeat the Minutemen, 3-2 on Saturday night at the Mullins Center. The loss leaves UMass at 11-14-1 overall and 5-10-1 in Hockey East play, while the Black Bears improve to 14-9-4 overall and 8-6-3 in the league.
"The goal in the first minute of a period, those are really tough to take, but you have 59 minutes to recover," said UMass head coach Greg Carvel. "I thought we were good in the first period. Just like last night, I thought we lapsed in the second period and in the third, put a good push on again. The big difference in the game was finishing. We feel like we created enough scoring chances, as we do most nights, but unable to finish. They were opportunistic and, again, their best player, Chase Pearson, finds a way to score two goals. That was, to me, a big difference in the game."
Maine opened the scoring just 18 seconds into the contest. Pearson won an offensive zone draw and cleaned up a loose puck in the slot for his fifth of the season.
The Minutemen got on the board late in the first to head into the intermission tied 1-1. Freshman Oliver Chau drove to the net and sent a backhand pass to Mitchell Chaffee who was trailing the play for the finish. Chaffee's tally, his team-leading 10th of the year, came at the 14:45 mark. Freshman Mario Ferraro collected an assist on the play, as well.
At the 8:05 mark of the second period, after having a goal called back and being denied on a breakaway attempt, the Black Bears regained the lead, 2-1. Emil Westerlund collected a pass from Brady Keeper and found the top left corner of the UMass net.
Maine added another tally at the 13:19 mark. Pearson knocked home a feed from Mitchell Fossier and Eduards Tralmaks for his second of the night to increase the margin to 3-1.
The Minutemen closed the gap to 3-2, 15:00 into the third. Freshman John Leonard buried a feed from Chaffee and Ferraro in the slot for his seventh of the season.
UMass had several opportunities net the equalizer late, pulling goaltender Ryan Wischow for an extra skater with 1:19 to play, but were unable to convert.
The Minutemen finished the night with a 30-26 shot advantage and went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Maine was 0-for-2. Wischow had 23 saves for UMass and Jeremy Swayman stopped 28 for the Black Bears.
UMass will be back in action next Friday, Feb. 2, when the Minutemen will play host to Boston University at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center.