Bobby Trivigno’s OT winner at Merrimack sends UMass hockey to break victorious

  • UMass captain and left wing Bobby Trivigno (8) takes a shot against Minnesota State during the season opener at the Mullins Center in Amherst. The senior put away an overtime winner at Merrimack on Wednesday. FOR THE GAZETTE/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 12/8/2021 9:43:23 PM

Something rooted deep in the UMass hockey team won’t let the Minutemen die.

UMass trailed Merrimack by a goal late in the third period Wednesday in North Andover. The Minutemen hadn’t lost in regulation in two months and didn’t plan on starting now.

UMass freshman Lucas Mercuri tapped home a rebound from Ryan Ufko through traffic to knot the game with 3 minutes, 24 seconds remaining. It was the UMass freshman’s second goal of the year. Ryan Lautenbach received the secondary assist.

“That wasn’t a pretty goal per se. It’s awesome tying the game like that, give s momentum boost,” UMass captain Bobby Trivigno said. “From then on, we played UMass hockey, which we should have done from the start.”

Trivigno then put away an overtime winner with 37 seconds remaining in the extra period, putting away a shot in front of the net after to give the UMass hockey team a 3-2 win.

Freshman Scott Morrow found him crashing to the net to earn the assist. The 12th ranked Minutemen swept the season series against the Warriors, winning two in OT.

“Kind of put ourselves in a tough spot, but it’s great that we’re finding ways to win games. Scotty made a really great pass there, great deception, great playmaking ability,” Trivigno said.

Merrimack controlled possession for much of the extra five minuets, but the Minutemen had two odd man rushes in overtime by Bobby Trivigno and Reed Lebster. Neither finished at the net to end the game.

The victory earned UMass three points in Hockey East play to move to the top of the conference standings at the semester break. The Minutemen have 24 points through 11 conference games, edging Northeastern (23).

“It’s kind of scary how many games we’ve scored late when we needed to,” UMass coach Greg Carvel said. “It almost feels like we’re finding ways not to lose instead of playing to win. We’re in first place and I’m sour about it. We’re squeaking by. We’re scratching and clawing and it’s working.”

The Minutemen haven’t dropped a game in regulation in conference play and haven’t lost in regulation since Oct. 3, the second game of a two-game sweep against Minnesota State to open the season.

UMass won’t take the ice again until New Year’s Eve at Union. The Minutemen won’t play another Hockey East contest until Jan. 21 against the Huskies at the Mullins Center.

“Some time off usually does us pretty well. We push the kids hard, and we usually come back better off of breaks,” Carvel said.

The Warriors opened the scoring 13:04 in. They’d just killed a five on three after a hooking penalty against Alex Jeffires (7:14) bled into a Liam Walsh high sticking call (8:04).

The Minutemen put two shots on goal and hit a post with the two-man advantage but couldn’t find the net.

UMass was called for a delayed penalty, and Steven Jandric scored for Merrimack with the extra attacker. Max Newton and Zach Uens assisted on the play.

Merrimack regained the lead near the end of the period. Mac Welsher deflected a Declan Carlile shot past UMass goalie Matt Murray for a 2-1 advantage. with 2:04 left in the second Jake Durflinger assisted the play.

UMass defenseman Matthew Kessel tied the game at 2 9:13 into the second period on the power play. Merrimack’s Mike Brown tripped  Morrow at 8:39, the Anthony Del Gaizo won the power play’s opening face-off, and Kessel clapped a long-distance blast from the blue line to even the score at 1. It was his first goal since Nov. 13 against Boston University and just his third of the season.

Aaron Bohlinger and Cam Donaldson assisted him.

Murray turned away 30 shots playing in his 100th career game for the Minutemen.

UMass controlled the faceoff circle, winning 40 and losing just 28.

HINES CALLS HIS SHOT — Longtime UMass hockey radio broadcaster  Brock Hines announced he would be retiring at the end of the season during the break following the first period.

The Montague native has been behind the mic for the Minutemen for 28 years, since the program moved to Division I in 1993.

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