No. 8 Quinnipiac ices No. 1 UMass, 4-0

Staff reports
Published: 12/7/2018 11:11:11 PM

The UMass hockey team received the No. 1 ranking on Monday. On Friday, the Minutemen learned what that ranking brings to the table.

Top-ranked UMass had its nine-game winning streak snapped by No. 8 Quinnipiac, which won 4-0 at a sold out Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena, in Hamden, Connecticut.

The Minutemen (12-2-0) and Bobcats (14-2-0) play again at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at an expected sold-out Mullins Center.

“Quinnipiac came out very hard and we weren’t quite ready to compete at that level,” said UMass head coach Greg Carvel. “It’s very discouraging to let up a goal on the first or second shift of the game. We had a lot of pucks bouncing around the goaltender. I think the fact that none of those found the back of the net was kind of indicative of our compete level.”

Quinnipiac took a 1-0 lead 42 seconds into the first period. Wyatt Bongiovanni cleaned up a loose puck to the left of freshman netminder Filip Lindberg. Chase Priskie and Odeen Tufto had assists on the play.

Quinnipiac added to its lead midway through the period. Off a faceoff in the Minutemen’s zone, Zach Metsa connected with a feed from Joe O’Connor for a one-timer from point-blank range at the 12:56 mark.

“We went into this game highly respectful of our opponent. I was scared to death of this team. I know how well they’re playing. I know how well they’re coached,” Carvel said. “I think we had a handful of guys that weren’t ready to play tonight. Their goaltender played extremely well and we missed a couple wide open goals that would have made a big difference if we could have tied the game at one or at least got it to 2-1. I give a lot of credit to Quinnpiac. They were excited to play us.”

Craig Martin scored twice in the third to put the game away. His first came at 12:34 with the second an empty-net goal at 16:37.

The Minutemen outshot Quinnipiac, 32-26, and went 0-for-1 on the power play. The Bobcats were 0-for-3 with an extra man.

Lindberg (3-2-0) finished with 22 saves. Andrew Shortridge (6-0-0) had 32 stops for the Bobcats.

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