AMHERST, Mass. - No. 5 University of Massachusetts hockey scored three third period goals to pull away from Boston University in the final stanza en route to a 4-1 win at the Mullins Center on Saturday night. The victory preserves the Minutemen's perfect home record at 6-0-0 and moves UMass to 7-3-0 overall, 3-3-0 in league action. Terriers fall to 3-4-4 on the year and 2-3-3 in league play following the loss.
"I'm very happy with our team's performance this weekend," said UMass head coach Greg Carvel. "I think as a team we took a big step forward, playing a skilled BU team in two games and dominantly outshooting them. Tonight, for the first time, we were the team that got a lot more power plays than the other team, which is a good sign. In the third period, again, just like last night, we were really strong, had the puck in the offensive zone and created and prevented defensively pretty well. The only thing I think we really need to work on is getting the power play going, and think we'll have Marc Del Gaizo back next week so hopefully that will help that situation."
A string of BU penalties in the final five minutes of the first period created a 5-on-3 opportunity for the Minutemen, which yielded a power-play goal by junior Mitchell Chaffee at the 18:50 mark. Receiving the puck from freshman Zac Jones and sophomore Colin Felix on the blue line, Chaffee found the inside of the far post from the left faceoff circle.
The Terriers managed to tie the score at 1-1 midway through the second period. Patrick Curry started a rush up the ice out of the defensive end and David Farrance found Cam Crotty to set up Crotty's tally from the high slot at 8:42.
With just under 10 minutes to play in regulation, Chaffee put the Minutemen back on top with his 40th career goal, crashing the net to put home his own rebound. Freshman Matthew Kessel then gave UMass some breathing room, backhanding in a rebound from junior Oliver Chau and senior Jake McLaughlin 15:24 into the third to increase the UMass lead to 3-1.
Colin Felix later added an empty net goal at 18:22 to complete the scoring, the first of the season for the sophomore.
UMass finished the night with a 40-17 shot advantage and went 1-for-7 on the power play, while BU was 0-for-2. Filip Lindberg totaled 16 saves for the Minutemen and his counterpart Sam Tucker totaled 36 stops for the Terriers.
UMass will be back in action next Friday, November 22, when the squad will open a home-and-home against Merrimack at the Mullins Center at 7 p.m.