CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – After No. 2 Boston College rallied to tie the score at two, UMass netted three goals in a span of three minutes late in the third period to secure a 5-2 win on the road against the Eagles (13-5-2, 10-4-1 HEA) on Friday. Following the victory, UMass’ first at Boston College since 2007, the Minutemen are 8-11-2 overall and 5-8-1 in conference play.
With three points on two goals and an assist, junior Branden Gracel equaled his personal season-best, brining his total to a team-leading 21 points on the year. Junior Conor Sheary logged his third multi-point game in the past four contests with two assists against the Eagles, while junior Colin Shea posted his first career multi-point effort, chipping in with a pair of helpers.
During the third of four consecutive penalty kills to open the contest, UMass broke through with a short-handed goal to take a 1-0 lead 6:35 into the first. Senior Rocco Carzo caused a turnover in the corner and centered the puck for Steven Guzzo in the slot for him to hammer home for his fifth of the season.
Then with the period about to expire, the Minutemen added another special teams’ goal to go up 2-0. A point-to-point pass and shot by senior Darren Rowe from Sheary was redirected in front by Gracel at 19:05 for the power-play goal.
Late in the second period, Boston College cut its deficit in half. On a shot from the point with UMass netminder Steve Mastalerz screened, Travis Jeke found the back of the net at the 18:44 mark with Kevin Hayes and Destry Straight collecting assists.
The Eagles went on to notch the equalizer 4:08 into the third. Johnny Gaudreau fed Steven Whitney for the stuff-in goal at the right post that tied the score at two.
The Minutemen regained the lead, however, at the 13:03 mark. Shea sent a pass ahead to Gracel, who found junior Michael Pereira. Pereira’s initial shot was stopped by Parker Milner, but he managed to bang in his own rebound for his fifth goal of the season.
UMass expanded its advantage back out to two just 1:08 later. Senior Kevin Czepiel won an offensive zone faceoff back to freshman Shane Walsh. Walsh fired the puck towards the net, which was pushed home by classmate K.J. Tiefenwerth at 14:11.
To cap off the scoring, Gracel added his second goal of the night 16:26 into the final frame with Sheary and Shea setting up the tally.
The Minutemen finished the night with a 26-23 shot advantage, while Boston College won 35 of 66 faceoffs. Both goaltenders, Mastalerz and Milner, logged 21 saves apiece.