Jan. 13, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Massachusetts scored three goals in a three minute, 40 second span in the second period en route to a 4-0 Hockey East victory over fourth-ranked Boston College before 5,823 fans at the Mullins Center.
With the victory, coupled with a 4-2 win over the Eagles on Nov. 5 (also at the Mullins Center), the Minutemen won the three-game league regular-season series against BC, 2-1. The Eagles earned a 4-2 home win over UMass in the first meeting between the teams this season on Oct. 21.
Defenseman Conor Allen opened the scoring at 6:18 of the middle period. Sophomore forward Peter DeAngelo doubled the host Minuteman lead scoring shorthanded on a 2-on-1 break at 9:17 and senior T.J. Syner concluded the scoring burst just 28 seconds later - also on a 2-on-1 break - on his first of two scores on the night.
Syner netted the lone goal of a third period in which the visiting Eagles outshot the Minutemen, 14-4, midway through period.
"UMass forced errors from us and really capitalized on them," head coach Jerry York said.
BC tallied a 35-19 shot advantage in the game.
BC starting goaltender Brian Billett recorded 10 saves in 29:15 while senior Chris Venti stopped five of six shots faced in the final 30:02, his first action of the season.
UMass freshman goalie Steve Mastalerz recorded 35 saves to record the win, his second in three career appearances.
Both teams were scoreless on the power play. BC went 0-for-6 while Massachusetts went 0-for-5.
"Our power play was indicative of our total offense," York said. "We were way too nonchalant with the puck. We had a lot of shots on goal but not a lot of offensive chances."
Next, Boston College will face Northeastern on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Fenway Park at 4 p.m.
Team Records: Boston College 13-8-1, 9-5-1 Hockey East; Massachusetts 8-8-5, 4-6-4 HE
Game Notes: Venti saw his first action of the season and first since Feb. 4 of last winter's 5-0 home win over UMass. The third-period goal against him marked the first in nearly 56 minutes of action ... BC surrendered three goals in a period the second time this season. BC previously gave up three goals in the third period of a 4-2 loss on Nov. 5 at the Mullins Center ... BC last lost the three-game league series against Massachusetts during the 2006-07 season when it went 1-2-0 against the Minutemen