Junior netminder Matt Murray made 25 saves for the Minutemen
Chaffee, Murray Lead Massachusetts Past Vermont, 4-0
Junior netminder Matt Murray made 25 saves for the Minutemen

BURLINGTON, Vt. - The 10th-ranked UMass Minutemen (15-7-2, 8-4-1 HEA) tallied a goal in each of the first two periods and added a pair in the third to take a 4-0 win over the Vermont Catamounts (3-14-3, 0-10-1 HEA) Friday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.


- UMass took the lead at 18:24 of the first period on a defensive zone turnover below the goal line. Mitchell Chaffee ended up with the puck in the slot and buried a shot into the top right corner.

- Chaffee doubled the Minutemen lead at 6:26 of the second period, blasting a rebound from the slot past Stefanos Lekkas (31 saves). Jack Suter and Oliver Chau assisted on the goal.

- The Catamounts killed a pair of UMass power plays in the remainder of the second period to enter the second intermission trailing by a pair.

- John Leonard pushed the UMass lead to 3-0 with a breakaway goal at 6:40 of the third period. Marc Del Gaizo sprung the junior on the breakaway and picked up the assist.

- Chaffee added an empty-net goal to complete the hat trick with 2.1 seconds remaining.

- Matt Murray recorded 25 saves in the shutout victory.


Vermont closes the weekend series with the 10th-ranked Minutemen tomorrow night at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:05 p.m. and marks UVM's third annual Green Out the Gut game presented by Casella Waste Management.

Game Summary

Friday, January 17, 2020

Game statistics
35 Shots 25
0 / 4 Power Plays 0 / 2
3 / 6 PIM 5 / 10
15-7-1 Records 3-14-3
Massachusetts Vermont
Mitchell Chaffee (14)
1st/18:24  GW
Mitchell Chaffee (15)
John Leonard (16)
Mitchell Chaffee (16)
3rd/19:57.9  EN
Massachusetts Vermont
Matt Murray
60:00, 25 Saves, 0 GA
(W, 9-3-0)
Stefanos Lekkas
57:31, 31 Saves, 3 GA
(L, 3-13-3)

Empty Net
2:29, 1 GA