The Massachusetts hockey team started a two-game weekend set at Maine with a 6-5 overtime loss Friday night. Sophomore forward Brian Morgan scored the decisive goal 53 seconds into the extra period to hand the Minutemen their second straight loss.
After two opening period goals and another score in the second minute of the second period for Maine, UMass (2-4-0, 1-3-01 Hockey East) found itself in early trouble trailing 3-0. However, the Minutemen quickly erased the deficit with two goals from Dennis Kravchenko and another from Ray Pigozzi to even the score at 3-3 with less than five minutes to play in the second period. The deadlock wouldn’t last into intermission, as Devin Shore’s goal 20 seconds before the break regained Maine’s lead. After the Black Bears extended their advantage to two goals, UMass once again made a comeback, tying the game at five goals apiece with scores by Patrick Lee and Mike Busillo. Busillo’s goal came with less than two minutes left in the final period, allowing the Minutemen to extend the game into overtime.
Kravchenko, a freshman, impressed in UMass’ preseason exhibition game against Dalhousie, scoring two goals while playing on the top line alongside senior captain Troy Power and redshirt sophomore Frank Vatrano. However, since the regular season started Kravchenko remained relatively quiet heading into Friday’s matchup with just two assists in five games. But Friday’s two-goal performance may serve as a launching pad for the California native. His first collegiate goal came with the Minutemen trailing 2-0 in the 13th minute of the second period. Just two minutes later, Kravchenko converted on his second goal off of an assist from Oleg Yevenko. Kravchenko would also pick up an assist on Lee’s score in the third period for his third point of the day.
Freshman Henry Dill, who started his fourth straight game on Friday gave up a career-high six goals against Maine. Dill made 30 saves in the loss but couldn’t capitalize on last weekend’s success where he allowed five total goals against Northeastern and Boston College, which earned him Hockey East freshman of the week honors.
The Minutemen will play one more game in Orono, Maine Saturday night before returning to the Mullins Center for a home game against American International College on Nov. 7. Saturday’s game will begin at 7 p.m.
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