UMass hockey completes perfect November by beating UConn

  • UMass hockey players swarm Bobby Trivigno after he scored the Minutemen’s first goal Friday at the Mullins Center in Amherst. AP

  • Bobby Trivigno, powers the puck around behind the net as he skates in for a shot on goal against UConn on Friday at the Mullins Center in Amherst. AP

Published: 11/30/2018 10:49:52 PM

The UMass men’s ice hockey team completed a perfect month of November with a 7-4 win against UConn on Friday at the Mullins Center.

The third-ranked Minutemen have won nine games in a row, last losing Oct. 20 at then-No. 1 Ohio State.

Bobby Trivigno scored twice for UMass (12-1-0, 7-0-0 Hockey East). He opened the scoring 1 minute, 34 seconds into the game from Mitchell Chaffee and Mario Ferraro. Trivigno also found the net on a penalty shot in the third period.

UConn took a 2-1 lead after the first period that the Minutemen reclaimed in the second on goals from Chaffee and Marc Del Gaizo. Cale Makar assisted Del Gaizo, while Jacob Pritchard and Ferraro helped Chaffee.

UConn tied the game again at 3 34 seconds into the third, but UMass ripped off three straight goals to take the lead.

“I never worry about the offense of our team, we have a lot of gifted offensive players,” UMass coach Greg Carvel said. “Obviously, we scored seven goals, we are a very good offensive team, but we need to be a better defensive team if we want to be the best we can be.”

Chaffee found the net from Jake McLaughlin followed by Jacob Pritchard from Philip Lagunov and Amherst’s John Leonard.

Niko Hildenbrand put a bow on the night with an empty net goal with 1:24 left. Chaffee and Makar assisted him.

Matt Murray stopped 29 shots for the Minutemen.

Both teams committed four penalties and scored once on the power play. UMass outshot UConn 38-33. The Huskies held a 31-27 advantage in faceoffs.

UMass will next play a home-and-home series with No. 9 Quinnipiac starting Friday in Hamden, Conn., and finishing Dec. 8 in Amherst.

Amherst 1, Wesleyan 1 — Jack Lloyd gave the Mammoths the lead in the second period from Pieter von Steinbergs and P.J. Conlon.

Wesleyan tied the game 55 seconds into the third period.

Michael Cullen stopped 33 shots for Amherst (2-2-1, 0-1-1 NESCAC).

Women’s ice hockey

Amherst 5, Trinity 0 — Emma Flynn passed three assists in the Mammoth’s first conference win. Laura Schmidlein, Katelyn Pantera, Sarah Wagner, Kaitlin Hoang and Katie Savage all found the net. Kenzie MacDonald, Jamie McNamara, Jocelyn Hunyadi and Anne Malloy also assisted for Amherst (2-1-1, 1-1-1 NESCAC).

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