UMass hockey: Minutemen net double-digit goals for first time since 1996 in 11-2 win over Alaska Anchorage
Published: 12-08-2023 9:36 PM
Modified: 12-08-2023 9:37 PM
It was as fast of a start as the UMass men’s hockey team could have hoped for on Friday against Alaska Anchorage.
The Minutemen potted three goals in the opening eight minutes of action and tacked on two more before the first period buzzer sounded to take a 5-0 lead after 20 minutes.
The scoring didn’t stop there. UMass scored twice in the second and put four more in during the final 20 minutes, leading to an 11-2 victory at the Mullins Center.
It was the first time the Minutemen reached double-digit goals since Nov. 30 1996, when they took down Air Force, 10-2.
Michael Cameron got the scoring started for 11th-ranked UMass (10-4-1), getting behind the Seawolves defense and tallying off an assist from Ryan Lautenbach and Ryan Ufko with 17:23 to go in the first. With 14:16 to play in the period, Alaska Anchorage committed a penalty and on the delayed call, Aydar Suniev sniped a shot off an assist from Ufko and Jack Musa.
Ufko scored the third Minuteman goal of the period, doing so on the power play with 12:29 to go in the frame. Suniev sent a cross ice pass to Ufko, who blasted it home from the left circle. Scott Morrow was also credited with an assist on the play.
Nick VanTassel found Cam O’Neill in front and O’Neill tipped it home to give UMass a 4-0 lead with 9:11 to go in the first while Musa retrieved a puck in the Seawolves end and dished it to Dans Locmelis, who buried the shot to give the Minutemen a 5-0 lead with 3:35 to go in the period.
Alaska Anchorage (6-12-1) got on the board 10 seconds into the second period off the stick of Maximilion Helgeson. Morrow answered with a goal with 12:56 to go in the frame, tapping the puck in in front off assists from Sebastian Tornqvist and O’Neill.
Riley Thompson scored for the Seawolves with 10:22 to go in the second but Taylor Makar stole the puck in front of the Alaska goal and sniped a shot to give the Minutemen a 7-2 lead going into the third.
Locmelis, Musa, Makar and Morrow closed out the scoring in the third.
Locmelis tallied with 18:06 to play off a pass from Owen Murray, Musa scored on the power play with 16:40 to play off assists from Suniev and Ufko and Makar found the back of the net with 10:27 to go off assists from Cole O’Hara and Kenny Connors before Morrow wrapped things up with a goal with 1:02 to go on the power play.
Jackson Irving stopped six shots in a relief stint for UMass while starter Cole Brady made 18 saves in the win.
UMass and Alaska Anchorage will square off again on Saturday, with puck drop set for 7 p.m. at Mullins.