AMHERST, Mass. - No. 4 University of Massachusetts hockey poured on the offense from the opening minute of play and cruised to a 5-0 victory over Union on Saturday night at the Mullins Center. With the win, the Minutemen complete the weekend sweep of the Dutchmen (0-6-0) and improve to 3-1-0 on the season.
"We were focused on our start, how we would come out after a lopsided win last night and I thought we were consistent for all three periods," said UMass head coach Greg Carvel. "Our special teams were strong and I'm very happy with the weekend."
UMass was on the board just 58 seconds in the contest as junior Mitchell Chaffee and sophomore Colin Felix played the puck into the neutral zone, sending sophomore Anthony Del Gaizo on a partial breakaway, which he finished off for his first of the season.
The Minutemen then pushed the advantage to 2-0 midway through the frame. Freshman Cal Kiefiuk tipped home a Zac Jones shot from the point at 10:05. Freshman Reed Lebster picked up his first collegiate assist on the tally, as well.
UMass promptly converted its first power-play opportunity of the night 9:19 into the second period to go up, 3-0. Chaffee drove to the net and buried a second chance at the doorstep after receiving the puck from junior Oliver Chau and sophomore Bobby Trivigno.
Trivigno pushed the margin to 4-0 at the 14:47 mark, ripping a one-timer past Darion Hanson from the slot, set up by Jones and senior Jack Suter.
Chaffee followed with his second of the night at 17:45 to cap the scoring, hammering home a one-timer created from slick puck movement by Chau and Del Gaizo.
UMass finished the contest with a 38-15 shot advantage and went 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Dutchmen were 0-for-5. Sophomore Filip Lindberg made 15 saves en route to his fifth career shutout, sharing the program's career record with teammate Matt Murray, Markus Helanen (1997-01) and Mike Johnson (1998-02). Hanson finished with 33 stops for Union.
Chaffee led the way for the Minutemen with his second three-point effort of the season on two goals and an assist. Trivigno chipped in a goal and an assist to cap a four-point weekend against the Dutchmen, while Anthony Del Gaizo contributed a goal and an assist for his first career multi-point game. Chau and Jones added two helpers apiece, as well.
UMass will be back in action at the Mullins Center next Friday, Oct. 25, when the squad will host Western Mass. for American International for Homecoming at 7 p.m.