‘Unusual suspects’ lift No. 2 UMass past Vermont in Hockey East victory

Sports – Massachusetts Daily Collegian Boeing, Chau, Gaudet, and Pritchard scored in 4-1 winIn the first matchup of its 16-game Hockey East Association schedule, the Massachusetts hockey team overcame a slow start and soundly went on to defeat Vermont, 4-1, on Friday at the Mullins Center.
Spurred by a trio of goals in 12:18 and significant contributions from its bottom six forwards, No. 2 UMass (16-3-0, 8-1-0 HEA) found its stride in the second never looked back en route to two points.
Forwards Brett Boeing, Oliver Chau, Jake Gaudet, and Jacob Pritchard each scored in UMass’ 16th win of the season. Chau and Gaudet potted on the power play, while Pritchard ended it with an empty netter.
“It’s always good to win,” UMass coach Greg Carvel said. “Some are better than others. For whatever reason, the team is missing a little bit of a spark that we seemed to have lost at the break. Combined with a lot of sickness going around our team, I just felt that we played well enough to win tonight.”
With that spark missing, Carvel said, it was a major chance for select skaters to step up; and they did.
“Some guys in the bottom of our lineup really helped us tonight,” he said. “I thought Niko [Hildenbrand] was excellent, then we get goals from Boeing, Chau, and Gaudet — guys who haven’t scored a lot this year for us. I’m saying ‘the usual suspects’ [after] a lot of games, but tonight wasn’t the case. I thought we had a lot of guys who we don’t usually talk about that were the guys that made us win tonight.”
John Leonard recorded a pair of assists bringing his career point total to 50 in 52 games.
After both teams were slow out of the gates in the first, UMass found its skates in the second.
Five minutes in, when …

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