Four-Goal Third Period Gives Vermont 6-4 Win At Massachusetts
Senior defenseman Alexx Privitera scores two goals for Catamounts

Senior defenseman Alexx Privitera scored two goals for Catamounts
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 11:01  UMA1-0 EV Dennis Kravchenko (8)Ben Gallacher/8, Shane Walsh/6
1st 13:00  VER1-1 EV Alexx Privitera (3)Brendan Bradley/5
1st 15:01  UMA2-1 PP Patrick Lee (3)Ray Pigozzi/13, Austin Plevy/10
1st 18:39  UMA3-1 PP Dennis Kravchenko (9)Ben Gallacher/9, Shane Walsh/7
2nd 10:52  VER2-3 PP Alexx Privitera (4)Brendan Bradley/6
2nd 14:49  UMA4-2 EV Austin Plevy (7)Ray Pigozzi/14, Brennan Baxandall/1
3rd 2:33  VER3-4 EV Ori Abramson (1)Mitch Ferguson/2, Jarrid Privitera/5
3rd 5:18  VER4-4 PP Jonathan Turk (4)Yvan Pattyn/9
3rd 10:19  VER5-4 EV GW Mario Puskarich (7)Brendan Bradley/7
3rd 19:15  VER6-4 EV EN Brendan Bradley (9) -
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Vermont  1146
Massachusetts  3104
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Vermont  15191246
Massachusetts  125522
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Vermont (11-14-2)  2/8 4/8 0
Massachusetts (7-14-4)  2/4 8/16 0
Vermont Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Packy Munson (W, 7-4-0)59:514 94518
Empty Net0:090     
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Nic Renyard (L, 4-10-4)59:125 1418840
Empty Net0:481     

AMHERST, Mass. - After a strong start, the University of Massachusetts hockey team was unable to hold off a third period surge by Vermont, falling 6-4 on Saturday night at the Mullins Center. Following the setback, the Minutemen are now 7-14-4 on the season, 2-9-4 in Hockey East, while the Catamounts improve to 11-14-2 overall and 5-7-2 in league play.

In his second game back from injury, sophomore Dennis Kravchenko scored twice for his third multi-goal game of the season. Freshman Austin Plevy logged his fourth multi-point game of the year with a goal and an assist, while junior Ray Pigozzi added two helpers to match is career high for assists in a season at 14. Seniors Ben Gallacher and Shane Walsh both chipped in pairs of assists, as well, for their third and 10th career multi-point games, respectively.

Kravchenko opened the scoring 11:01 into the first period after winning an offensive zone faceoff back to Walsh who dished to Gallacher at the point. Kravchenko then redirected Gallacher's strike on its way to the net for his eighth of the season.

Moments later, Alexx Privitera tied the score 1-1 at the 13-minute mark for Vermont, blasting a one-timer from the high slot off a feed from Brendan Bradley down low.

UMass responded with a pair of power-play tallies to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. Pigozzi and Plevy set up sophomore Patrick Lee inside the left faceoff circle at 15:01 and Kravchenko had his second redirection of the night from Gallacher and Walsh at 18:39.

The teams went on to trade goals in the second period. Privitera logged his second of the contest on the power play at 10:52 before Plevy gave the Minutemen back a two-goal cushion 14:49 into the frame. Outlet passes from junior Brennan Baxandall and Pigozzi fed Plevy for quick wrister that beat Packy Munson from the left wing.

However, the Catamounts seized the momentum in the final stanza with four unanswered tallies. Ori Abramson curt the deficit to 4-3 at the 2:33 mark of the third period and Jonathan Turk followed with the equalizer 5:18 into the frame.

Mario Puskarich cleaned up a loose puck in front of the UMass net for the eventual game winner at 10:19 and Brendan Bradley sealed the victory for Vermont with an empty net goal 19:15 into the period.

The Catamounts out-shot the Minutemen 46-22 in the contest and went 2-for-8 on the power play, while UMass was 2-for-4 with the man advantage. UMass won 39 of 70 faceoffs (55.7%) on the evening, led by junior Steven Iacobellis (14 for 18, 77.8%) and Kravchenko (10 for 18, 55.6%) over the dots.

Freshman Nic Renyard totaled 40 saves for the Minutemen, his fourth 40-save performance of the season. Munson had 18 stops in net for Vermont.

UMass continues its home stand next Fri. and Sat., Jan. 29-30, playing host to Maine for two Hockey East contests at the Mullins Center.