AMHERST, Mass. - No. 11/13 University of Massachusetts hockey completed its weekend sweep with a 4-1 victory over Maine on Saturday at the Mullins Center. The win improves the Minutemen to 11-4-1 and 6-3-1 in league action, while the Black Bears fall to 8-7-3, 4-6-2 in Hockey East.
"That was a very solid weekend for our team," said UMass head coach Greg Carvel. "I think this team is maturing where they were desperate for 60 minutes for both games and competed and executed and really, I thought, controlled the tempo of the games for both nights, scored on the power play both nights and just took care of business. Real good signs for us and the four points in the league were huge. I'm very happy with this weekend."
Junior Mitchell Chaffee put UMass on the board at the 12:57 mark of the second period, cleaning up a bouncing puck at the net front from classmate Oliver Chau and sophomore Marc Del Gaizo for his 12th of the season to open the scoring.
Later in the frame with the Minutemen on the power play, junior John Leonard managed to sweep the puck into an open net off a rebound from Chaffee and Del Gaizo at 18:14 to push the lead to 2-0.
Niko Hildenbrand's first of the season followed 18 seconds after Leonard's tally as the senior crashed the net and buried a feed from junior Jake Gaudet and freshman Peyton Reeves.
For a second straight night, Maine spoiled the shutout bid with a power-play goal as Adam Dawe knocked home the lone tally of the night for the Black Bears at 4:27 of the third from Levi Kleiboer and Mitchell Fossier.
UMass capped the scoring at the 17:22 mark with junior Philip Lagunov's empty net goal from sophomore Ty Famer and senior Jake McLaughlin that went the length of the ice.
The Minutemen ended the contest with a 34-24 shot advantage and were 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Black Bears were 1-for-1. Junior Matt Murray logged 23 saves to pick up the win (7-1-0) in net for UMass, while Jeremy Swayman made 30 saves for Maine.
Chaffee finished the night with two points on a goal and an assist, while Del Gaizo added two helpers to pace the Minutemen. Reeves' assist marked his first collegiate point.
UMass will be back in action one final time before the holiday break with a Tuesday trip to Providence, Rhode Island on the docket to face Brown in a non-conference matchup at 7 p.m.