AMHERST, Mass. – — The No. 11/10 University of Massachusetts ice hockey lost a 7-2 contest to the No. 14 University of Boston Friday night at the Mullins Center. The setback leaves the Minutemen at 5-4-1 for the year and 1-4-0 in Hockey East, while the Terriers improve to 5-3-0 overall and 3-2-0 in league play.
“It was a pretty ugly game the whole time,” said UMass head coach Gregory Carvel. “We’re stuck in a hole here for the first time in a long time and we have to find a way out of it as a group. We have another chance tomorrow but I didn’t think we could compete tonight was great, our puck management wasn’t great. We’ve got back-end issues, we’ve got back-end injuries and that’s part of the problem, but we have to come together as a group and find a way to play better hockey.”
BU put the first goal on the board, 5:39 into the contest, when Ryan Greene picked up a faulty UMass pass and ran in alone on Luke Pavicich for the score.
At the 1:18 mark of the second period, Wimer Skoog scored a lacrosse-style goal to extend the Terriers’ lead to 2-0.
Quinn Hutson followed up with two quick goals at 9:52 on the powerplay of Lane Hutson and Ryan Greene and then again at 12:50 on the second of Greene and Luke Tuch.
Just 10 seconds later, Greene hit the fifth of the night for BU from Quinn Hutson and Tuch to blow Pavicich out of the net.
UMass took back one of the goals before the break when second Ryan Ufko slapped a shot through traffic from high position on the power play, with seniors Cal Kiefiuk and Reed Lebster getting the assists at the 18-21 mark.
The Minutemen converted again to a five-minute major to start the third, with Lebster netting his fourth of the season ahead of Scott Morrow and Ufko as a sophomore at 3:21.
With less than five minutes to go, UMass pulled goaltender Cole Brady for an extra attacker and Matt Brown put BU’s sixth of the night into an open net 15:39 in the final stanza.
Devin Kaplan ended the goal with a 5-on-3 for the Terriers at 19:24 from Green and Lane Hutson.
Boston University beat Massachusetts 45-23 that night and went 2-4 on the power play while the Minutemen were 2-3.
Drew Commesso finished the game with 21 saves while Pavicich and Brady recorded 18 and 20 stops for UMass, respectively.
The two teams will face off again tomorrow night, November 12 at 7 p.m. in Boston at the Agganis Arena.