TROY, N.Y. - University of Massachusetts hockey sophomore Mitchell Chaffee netted a pair of goals to help the Minutemen complete the weekend sweep of Rensselaer with a 3-1 victory at Houston Field House on Saturday night. UMass begins the year at 2-0-0, while RPI falls to 0-2-0 following the setback.
"Just like last night I felt, as the game went on, our skating and our legs seemed to be in better conditioning than RPI's and the third period was really solid," said UMass head coach Greg Carvel. "I thought we just really neutralized them and then that was a huge goal at the end before they could get the goalie out. I'm very happy, that's a very good road win. There are no easy road wins. RPI played well, they played hard and we had goaltending from Lindberg, which was great to see. It looks like I've got two good goaltenders to go with here, which is, to me, now I feel like I've got depth at every position and that's very comforting."
Just 3:01 into the contest, UMass took a 1-0 lead as freshman Colin Felix centered the puck for classmate Anthony Del Gaizo in the high slot. Del Gaizo flung a shot through traffic that found its way past RPI netminder Linden Marshall. Both Felix and Del Gaizo picked up their first collegiate points on the play.
Midway through the frame, though, the Engineers managed to tie the score up at 1-1 on the power play. Jakub Lacka redirected a puck past freshman Fille Lindberg off a feed from Will Reilly and Jacob Hayhurst at 11:03.
The Minutemen regained a one-goal advantage 5:07 into the second period. After receiving the puck from freshman Bobby Trivigno, sophomore Mitchell Chafffee curled out of the corner and fired a shot from the point to pick up his second tally in as many nights to start the season.
With time winding down in the third, Chaffee gave UMass some breathing room with his third goal of the weekend, cleaning up a rebound from Trivigno and sophomore Jake Gaudet at the 18:24 mark.
Lindberg picked up the win in his first collegiate start, making 20 saves, while Marshall finished with 29 stops for RPI. UMass out-shot the Engineers, 32-21 and were 0-for-3 on the power play, while RPI was 1-for-5.
The Minutemen won 35 of 63 (55.6%) faceoffs on the evening, led by Gaudet (12 of 16, 75%) and sophomore George Mika (10 of 15, 66.7%).
UMass will return to action next Friday, Oct. 19, when the squad will open a two-game series at No. 1 Ohio State at 7 p.m.