AMHERST, Mass. — Steve Mastalerz made 35 saves and recorded his first career shutout, backstopping UMass to a 4-0 victory against fourth-ranked Boston College on Friday night at the Mullins Center. With the win, the Minutemen’s second consecutive against the Eagles (13-8-1, 9-5-1 HEA) and first ever via shutout, the squad moves to 8-8-5 on the season and 4-6-4 in Hockey East and remains undefeated at home this season with a mark of 6-0-3.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 15 Michigan 4, No. 2 Ohio State 0|
|Western Michigan 3, No. 3 Notre Dame 2|
|Massachusetts 4, No. 4 Boston College 0|
|No. 6 Boston University 4, Northeastern 3|
|No. 7 Merrimack 6, Maine 2|
|No. 9 Cornell 3, Quinnipiac 2|
|No. 13 Ferris State 4, Alaska 4 (OT)|
|No. 14 Union 2, Harvard 0|
|No. 20 Northern Michigan 5, Michigan St. 5 (OT)|
T.J. Syner scored twice for the Massachusetts attack, notching his first multi-goal game of the season. Conor Allen added a goal and an assist for a multi-point night, while Mastalerz became the first Minuteman netminder to notch an assist since Jon Quick did so against Northeastern on Nov. 18, 2006.
Both teams had quality scoring opportunities in the first period, but neither could find the back of the net. Mastalerz turned aside a shot by Danny Lindell at the doorstep, while Brian Billett stopped Syner on a partial breakaway midway through the period.
Then at the 6:18 mark in the second, Allen broke up the scoreless deadlock as he snapped a wrister from the right faceoff circle off an outlet pass from Mastalerz.
The Minutemen extended their lead to 2-0 at 9:17 when Peter DeAngelo scored shorthanded on a two-on-one after collecting a pass from Allen and Danny Hobbs. The goal was UMass’ first man-down tally since Feb. 13, 2009, against Northeastern.
Just 41 seconds later, another Eagles’ turnover at the blueline in the UMass zone led to another odd-man rush for the Minutemen and the team’s third goal of the night. Syner scored his 10th of the season off assists from Joel Hanley and Kevin Czepiel, chasing Billett from the BC net.
Syner later notched his second goal of the evening at the 9:30 mark of the third period, burying a rebound from close range from off passes from Conor Sheary and Branden Gracel.
Billett had 10 saves for the Eagles, while Chris Venti played the final 30:02 and stopped five shots while allowing one goal.