Massachusetts Upended by Quinnipiac, 3-1

Sophomore Frank Vatrano scored a goal for the Minutemen
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 8:27  QUI1-0 PP Tim Clifton (4)Justin Agosta/7, Derek Smith/4
1st 10:30  UMA1-1 PP Frank Vatrano (5)Oleg Yevenko/4
3rd 1:47  QUI2-1 SH GW Tim Clifton (5)Travis St. Denis/4
3rd 7:15  QUI3-1 PP Sam Anas (10)Devon Toews/8, Landon Smith/9
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Quinnipiac  1023
Massachusetts  1001
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Quinnipiac  1091130
Massachusetts  57618
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Quinnipiac (9-4-1)  2/6 7/14 1
Massachusetts (4-9-0)  1/7 6/12 0
Quinnipiac Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Sean Lawrence (W, 1-0-1)60:001 47617
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Henry Dill (L, 4-5-0)57:273 99927
Empty Net2:330     

AMHERST, Mass. - A pair of power-play goals and a shorthanded tally helped lift #14 Quinnipiac past UMass hockey, 3-1, on Saturday night at the Mullins Center. The loss leaves the Minutemen at 4-9-0 on the year, while the Bobcats improve to 9-4-1.

Redshirt sophomore Frank Vatrano provided UMass' only goal of the night, his first career power-play goal and fifth of the season overall, giving him nine points over his past nine games (5g, 4a). Senior Oleg Yevenko logged the assist on Vatrano's tally, his fourth of the year for a new career single season high in points.

Quinnipiac took advantage of a power play opportunity midway through the first period as Tim Clifton deflected in a shot from the point from Justin Agosta and Derek Smith at the 8:27 mark.

UMass then responded with a power-play goal of its own just 2:03 later. Yevenko dumped a puck into the Bobcats' zone that caromed off the glass and into the slot. Vatrano was there to put home the loose puck 10:30 into the period.

The Bobcats broke up the deadlock with a shorthanded goal 1:47 into the third. Travis St. Denis found Clifton with a pass into the slot from behind the UMass net.

Quinnipiac later added some insurance, converting on the power play for the second time on the night. Sam Anas, alone in front, drove home a feed from Devon Toews and Landon Smith at the 7:15 mark.

The Bobcats finished the contest with a 30-18 shot advantage with Sean Lawrence recording 17 saves in net, while Henry Dill stopped 27 for the Minutemen. Quinnipiac went 2-for-5 on the power play in the on the evening and UMass was 1-for-7.

The Minutemen will continue their four-game home stand with a pair of Hockey East matchups against Notre Dame next Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6.