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Friday’s colleges: UMass hockey stops Vermont, wins back-to-back games for first time this season

For the first time this season the University of Massachusetts hockey team earned back-to-back victories.

Conor Sheary’s power-play goal 5 minutes, 32 seconds into the third period broke a tie and gave the Minutemen a 3-2 win over Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington.

The Minutemen (9-11-2, 6-8-1 Hockey East) and Catamounts (6-13-4, 3-9-4) meet again Saturday at 7 p.m.

Like it did against Boston College, UMass took a 2-0 lead, and like the Eagles, Vermont scored two to tie the game going into the third.

Against BC, the Minutemen scored three times in the third. On Friday, just one was enough.

Eric Filiou, who was seeing his first action since before Christmas in place of injured forward Steven Guzzo, scored the first goal with 16 seconds left in the first period.

Joel Hanley made it 2-0 on the power play 6:23 into the second period. Vermont answered less than a minute later and tied the game with 2:14 left in the second period.

Making his third straight start, sophomore Steve Mastalerz made 19 saves in goal for the Minutemen.

Amherst College 3, Wesleyan 1 — Johnny Van Siclen scored twice and set up another as the Lord Jeffs (11-4-2, 7-3-1 NESCAC) scored all three of their goals in the second period.

Nathan Corey made 20 saves for Amherst, while Hadley native Glenn Stowell stopped 15 shots in his homecoming.

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