Quinnipiac rolls to 6-1 win over Minutemen
Fifth-ranked Quinnipiac scored six unanswered goals, including three straight on the power play, after UMass had scored the first goal Saturday and the Bobcats rolled over the Minutemen, 6-1, in non-conference hockey action at High Point Solutions Arena in Hamden, Conn.
Michael Pereira scored his fourth goal of the season at 3:42 of the first period for UMass (3-10-2), assisted by Branden Gracel and Conor Sheary. Pereira moved into eighth place on UMass’ all-time scoring list with the 46th goal of his career.
Kellen Jones had a goal and two assists and Zach Tolkinen handed out three assists for Quinnipiac (13-2-2), last season’s national runner-up, which outshot the Minutemen 34-10.
Steve Mastalerz made 13 saves for UMass before receiving a major penalty for spearing and a game misconduct midway through the second period. Freshman Mac Haight relieved Mastalerz in net and stopped 15 shots.
The Minutemen return to Hockey East play this weekend with two games against 11th-ranked conference newcomer Notre Dame (9-6-1) in South Bend, Ind., Friday at 7:35 p.m. and Saturday at 6:35 p.m.
Women’s hoop falls in OT
Despite a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds from Northfield Mount Hermon School product Rashida Timbilla, UMass dropped a 96-88 overtime decision to William & Mary Saturday in the third-place game of the Black Bear Thanksgiving Tournament in Bangor, Maine.
The Minutewomen (2-6) lost to tournament host Maine 86-56 in Friday’s semifinals.
Jasmine Harris hit four three-pointers and scored 17 points, Kiara Bomben added 14 points and five rebounds and Emily Mital finished with 11 points and seven rebounds for the Minutewomen.
Jazmen Boone scored 24 points to lead five players in double figures for William & Mary (1-5).
UMass hosts Boston University Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center.
Frontier 5/6 sweeps
Gabe Jones-Thomson scored 22 points and grabbed 26 rebounds in three games over the weekend as Frontier went 3-0 at the grades 5 & 6 Turkey Day Jamboree at Wilbraham Middle School.
Frontier defeated Hampden (28-20), Wilbraham (33-15) and Northampton (35-16) in the three wins. Bennett Pitcher added 17 points and 17 boards for Frontier, Andy Pelc netted 14 points and had five steals, and Owen Walkiewicz had a double-double with 13 points and 13 boards. Ben Morse added 10 points and seven steals, Sam Felton-Emrick chipped in 6 points, and Brett Robinson and Peter Carey each had 4 points.
Natalie Denkiewicz scored four times over the weekend as the Frontier Red Hawks edged Ethan’s Eden, 6-4, in a Under-13 girls’ indoor soccer game at Allsport Arena in Northampton.
Jessica Wrisley added two goals in the win, Mia Burch collected two assists, and Sarah Zoly had one assist. Zoly and Marisela Ackerman combined to make 12 saves in net. Hannah Kantor and Jenna Martin each played well defensively.