UMass Hockey Handed Fifth and Sixth Straight Losses
It was a tough weekend for the Massachusetts ice hockey team as they have now dropped six games in a row after a 3-2 loss to the Boston University Huskies on Friday night and a 3-1 loss to the New Hampshire Wildcats on Saturday. While both teams had close calls, it just wasn’t enough to get back on the winning side as the Minutemen now sit at 5-12-1 in the Hockey East and have dropped to last place in the conference with just six games remaining in their schedule.
On Friday night, UMass took its fifth consecutive loss at home against Boston University. The team fell to an early 3-1 lead late in the second period after 6’5” forward Jordan Greenway scored on the power play for the Huskies. Big scorers like Greenway and Bobo Carpenter (tied 4th in points in Hockey East) were too much for the Minutemen to handle after they fell in a deficit early on. A good sign for the Minutemen, however, was Matt Murray’s performance in net. He had 33 saves on 36 shots and kept the team in the game through the final buzzer as the Huskies outshot UMass 39-22.
The next night, UMass traveled to the Whittemore Center in Durham, New Hampshire to take on the Wildcats. UMass fell early once again in this game, going into the first intermission behind 2-0. It was a tough night for goalie Ryan Wischow, as he allowed three goals on just 17 shots in a game where UMass had a decisive 27-17 shot advantage. Although freshman Mitchell Chafee scored his 11th goal of the season, setting a record for most goals by a freshman, the effort again wasn’t enough as the Minutemen fell 3-1. However, another good takeaway from Saturday’s game is that defenseman Cale Makar scored two points this weekend after being scratched from the lineup for three straight games with an upper body injury.
Next up for the Minutemen is a Tuesday evening tilt against Merrimack. It’s a must win game for UMass as they sit in last place in the Hockey East, but still within three points of eighth, which is a respectable seed in the tournament. That puck drops on Tuesday, February 6, at 7 p.m.