With the score tied at two in the third period, it was senior forward Emerson Auvenshine who scored the game-winning goal to give the Massachusetts hockey team a vital 3-2 road victory over conference opponent Northeastern on Friday night.
Auvenshine gave the Minutemen (2-3, 1-1 Hockey East) the lead for good after receiving a pass from senior Zach LaRue which he slapped into the back of the net with 11:09 left in the final period.
Despite falling behind 1-0 after a Torin Snydeman goal in the opening 20 minutes, it was LaRue who answered for UMass just two minutes, 23 seconds later on assists from freshman Jake Horton and senior Oleg Yevenko.
After knotting the score up at one, a powerplay goal from sophomore Ray Pigozzi made it 2-1 in favor of UMass with six minutes left in the first period. The lead for the Minutemen didn’t last long, with the Huskies answering 1:54 later to tie things up at two courtesy of a Dalen Hedges goal.
Also earning assists for the Minutemen in the contest were sophomore defender Marc Hetnik and redshirt senior forward Steven Guzzo.
Just one week after receiving his first collegiate win as a UMass goalie against Michigan State, freshman Henry Dill stood on his head once again, making 42 saves in the winning effort.
Dill was given the start ahead of senior goaltender Steve Mastalerz, and showed his ability while keeping Northeastern from taking the lead, making several key saves to preserve the win.
In the victory for the Minutemen, it was the special teams unit that stood tall. In seven power play opportunities for Northeastern, the Minutemen did not allow a goal, improving to 1-16 on the penalty kill this season. UMass was able to kill off two penalties in the final 20 minutes, including a crucial one with seven minutes, 12 seconds left in the game.
The Minutemen will have to make a quick turnaround, as they travel to Chestnut Hill tomorrow night to take on No.6 Boston College.
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