UMass miscues prove costly in 5-3 loss to Boston College

Last modified: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — There are no own goals in hockey. Somebody on offense has to get credit, but two of Boston College’s goals went in off UMass players and they proved to be the difference.

BC eliminated an early UMass lead and held off the Minutemen for a 5-3 win in front of 5,939 Friday at the Mullins Center.

“It’s pretty frustrating when some things are a little outside your control where it’s bad deflections, bad penalty calls, replay reviews aren’t going your way, whatever it is,” Micheletto said. “You can’t cry in this league because nobody feels sorry for you, but it’s a tough way to try to beat a pretty good hockey team.”

UMass will pay Vermont, Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center.

“Champions are made on losses as well as wins. We have to make sure the lessons we take are important ones and then we wake up tomorrow and turn the page,” Micheletto said.

The victory made Jerry York the winningest coach in Boston College history with 502 wins, passing Snooks Kelley. Including his tenures at Bowling Green and Clarkson, York is Division I college hockey’s winningest coach with 969 victories.

BC captain Mike Matheson grabbed him a game puck to commemorate the event.

“I’ll give it to my wife,” York said. “I don’t know where they go.”

Things got off to a good start for UMass (3-6-0, 1-5-0 Hockey East). Less than a minute into the game, Ray Pigozzi split two defenders and fired a low flat shot along the ice that somehow eluded goalie Thatcher Demko 46 seconds into the game.

BC (6-5-0, 2-3-0) tied the game and pulled ahead with goals exactly a minute apart. The first came on a power play when Chris Calnan beat goalie Henry Dill to tie the game. Cam Spiro put the Eagles ahead 60 second later with 3:36 left in the first period.

After a UMass goal was called back earlier in the second period, BC extended its lead to 3-1 when Quinn Smith’s power-play shot on a break-in caromed off Oleg Yevenko’s skate past Dill with 4:44 left.

Troy Power then made his father’s and brother’s first trip to Amherst memorable. The UMass senior forward scored his first goal of the season to make it 3-2 with 3:50 into the second.

“It was awesome. I was pretty jacked up. I was just thinking about getting back into the game,” Power said. “I would rather have had the two points than any personal accolades, but it felt good to get one with them in town.”

But another bad bounce pushed the Eagles’ lead back to two goals. A back-checking Patrick Lee was attempting to push the puck into the corner to neutralize a BC break, but the puck hit his stick at an odd angle and he put it behind Dill with 14 minutes left to make it 4-2. Calnan was credited with his second goal.

Minuteman sophomore defenseman Mark Hetnik picked the upper-left corner of the net with a perfect wrist shot through traffic to bring UMass within 4-3 with 13:28 left.

But Noah Hanafin’s goal through a screen just over two minutes later gave the Eagles a 5-3 lead.

Demko stopped 18 shots for the Eagles, while Dill made 25 saves for UMass.

“We have to play better in front of our goaltender,” Micheletto said. “I know we had some unfortunate bounces, but we have to be in a half-step better position to defend and maybe those don’t go in.”

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