UMass battles through adversity for overtime win over Denver

  • Massachusetts teammates celebrate a 4-3 victory over Denver following the overtime period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four NCAA mens college hockey tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Massachusetts teammates celebrate a 4-3 victory over Denver following the overtime period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four NCAA mens college hockey tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Massachusetts players shake hands with Denver forward Cole Guttman (19) following the overtime period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four NCAA mens college hockey tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Massachusetts goalie Filip Lindberg (35) stops Denver forward Jarid Lukosevicius (14) during the overtime period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four NCAA mens college hockey tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Massachusetts teammates celebrate a 4-3 victory following the overtime period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four NCAA mens college hockey tournament against Denver Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Denver defenseman Les Lancaster (5) and goalie Filip Larsso (30) react after losing 4-3 to Massachusetts following the overtime period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four NCAA mens college hockey tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Massachusetts' Mitchell Chaffee (21) and Cale Makar (16) celebrate a goal against Denver during the first period in a semifinal of the Frozen Four NCAA men's college hockey tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Massachusetts forward Jake Gaudet (18) looks to shoot on Denver goalie Filip Larsson (30) during the second period in a semifinal of the Frozen Four NCAA men's college hockey tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Massachusetts goalie Filip Lindberg (35) makes a save during the first period against Denver in a semifinal of the Frozen Four NCAA men's college hockey tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Massachusetts defenseman Cale Makar (16) controls the puck during the second period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four NCAA mens college hockey tournament against Denver Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Massachusetts defenseman Marc Del Gaizo (2) and Denver defenseman Griffin Mendel (4) battle behind the net during the third period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four NCAA mens college hockey tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Massachusetts forward Bobby Trivigno (8) celebrates his goal during the first period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four NCAA mens college hockey tournament against Denver Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Massachusetts goalie Filip Lindberg (35) and defenseman TY Farmer (3) stop Denver forward Liam Finlay (13) during the second period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four NCAA mens college hockey tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Massachusetts forward Jake Gaudet (18) looks to shoot on Denver goalie Filip Larsson (30) during the second period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four NCAA mens college hockey tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Massachusetts goalie Filip Lindberg (35) stops Denver forward Kohen Olischefski (12) during the second period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four NCAA mens college hockey tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Massachusetts forward John Leonard (9) and Denver forward Kyle Mayhew (27) skate during the first period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four NCAA mens college hockey tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

  • Massachusetts goalie Filip Lindberg (35) makes a save during the first period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four NCAA mens college hockey tournament against Denver Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jeffrey T. Barnes

Staff Writer
Published: 4/12/2019 1:22:06 AM

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A two-goal lead evaporated. UMass faced overtime in the Frozen Four semifinal down two forwards, including its captain.

The Minutemen entered the KeyBank Center locker room with their heads down after Cole Guttman scored twice for Denver to tie the game.

UMass coach Greg Carvel told them, “Fellas, done. Change it.”

Like they had all game, the Minutemen responded. UMass goalie Filip Lindberg stopped five shots in the overtime, keeping the Minutemen alive as they ratcheted up the pressure.

Marc Del Gaizo delivered with 4 minutes, 42 seconds left to send the Minutemen to Saturday’s championship game against defending champion Minnesota-Duluth.

“That’s as resilient as I think you can be,” Carvel said.

UMass pushed that limit Thursday and into Friday after the game continued past midnight. Captain Niko Hildenbrand laid out University of Denver junior Tyson McLellan near the red line 6:24 into the game. A penalty wasn’t called initially, but after review he was assessed a major and a game misconduct, removing him from play.

Denver seized the opportunity, as Colin Staub scored 8:29 into the game on a scramble in front of the net. It was the first power-play goal UMass allowed in its last 35 man-down situations.

There was still 2:05 left on Hildenbrand’s penalty, which Oliver Chau served.

Jarid Lukosevicius evened the skaters at four after a tripping call 10:47 into the period. McLellan was called for tripping 30 seconds later. UMass played 4-on-3 for nine seconds then gained a man advantage.

The nation’s second-best power play, successful 28.2 percent of the time, only needed 24 seconds to tie the game at 1 on a Bobby Trivigno goal.

UMass gained another two-man advantage when Denver’s Ryan Barrow delivered a blow to the head and earned his own game misconduct 1:16 later.

Mitchell Chaffee put the Minutemen up at 13:04, then before the arena could even announce the goal, Amherst native Johnny Leonard made it 3-1 18 seconds later.

“Throughout the whole season, it’s not going to just be sunshine and rainbows the whole time,” UMass forward Jake McLaughlin said. “We weren’t in that situation too much, but this group is resilient and it showed tonight.”

UMass wasn’t done with adversity. The Minutemen killed two penalties in the second period, but another game misconduct, this time by Chaffee, left them short-handed in more ways than one.

“That’s two very difficult guys for us to lose,” Carvel said. “That was not comfortable losing those two guys. Those two guys will be buzzing Saturday night, that had to be the hardest two hours of their life.”

That penalty bled into the third period, and UMass’ penalty kill stayed firm through it and two more infractions. The Minutemen killed four straight penalties to end regulation.

“We all know what we’re gonna do. When you know what someone else is going to do, it’s easier to play with them,” Trivigno said.

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegrbwsk.



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