HAMDEN, Conn. - No. 10 University of Massachusetts hockey outlasted Quinnipiac in a defensive battle, adding a pair of goals late en route to a 3-0 shutout on Friday night at People's United Center. The victory moves the Minutemen to 9-3-1 overall, while the Bobcats drop to 6-7-1 on the season.
"We had all the pieces that we needed," said UMass head coach Greg Carvel. "We got strong goaltending, we scored on the power play and kept them off the board on the special teams. We won the special teams battle and we won the goaltending battle, otherwise it was a pretty tight, quiet game, not a lot of chances either way, but a really good sign. That was another consistent 60 minutes. We're starting to put games together."
After a scoreless first that Quinnipiac edge UMass in shots, 8-7, the Minutemen finally broke the stalemate 12:49 into the second period with freshman Cal Kiefiuk redirecting in classmate Gianfranco Cassaro's shot from the point. Freshman Reed Lebster picked up an assist on the play, as well.
UMass added an insurance tally on the power play at the 13:59 mark of the third. Sophomore Bobby Trivigno cleaned up a rebound in the crease from sophomore Colin Felix and Mitchell Chaffee.
Chaffee later completed the scoring with his 11th of the season, fighting his way past a Quinnipiac defender two win a loose puck and pocket the empty netter at 16:52.
The Minutemen ended the night with a 30-24 shot advantage and went 1-for-2 on the power play, while the Bobcats were 0-for-3. Junior Matt Murray totaled 24 saves to collect his sixth career shutout, moving him into sole possession of the program career record. Keith Petruzzelli had 27 stops for Quinnipiac.
The teams will be back in action tomorrow night, Nov. 30, with game two of the weekend set slated for 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center.