Dennis Kravchenko completed a hat trick with two goals in the third period and Dominic Trento tallied an additional goal to lead the Massachusetts hockey team to a 5-2 victory over Sacred Heart in its home opener Friday night at the Mullins Center.
Entering the final period tied 2-2, Kravchenko opened the frame’s scoring with a hard slapshot from point-blank range that got past Pioneers goalie Brett Magnus to give the Minutemen the lead and provide him with his second goal of the game. The sophomore, coming off a 34-point season last year, later tallied his third goal with an empty netter after speeding past the blue line into Sacred Heart’s defensive zone.
In between Kravchenko’s tallies, Trento put one home on a scrum in front of the net to give UMass the two-goal advantage and set up the empty net situation.
Kravchenko’s hat trick was the team’s second of the season, following freshman Austin Plevy’s three-goal performance in his debut last Friday against Colorado College.
Kravchenko finished with four points while Plevy and Steven Iacobellis each added two with two assists each.
With the win, the Minutemen move to 3-0 for the season. They next take on New Hampshire at home in their Hockey East opener.
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