Minutemen stay in playoff chase
Michael Pereira’s 17th goal of the season in the second period turned out to be the winner as Massachusetts surprised 11th-ranked Maine, 4-1, last night in Orono.
Steven Guzzo and Rocco Carzo also scored for UMass and Eric Filiou sealed it with an empty-net goal with 56 seconds left as the Minutemen (11-14-5, 7-12-4) stayed alive in the fight for the final Hockey East playoff spot. UMass is tied with Northeastern for eighth place with four games remaining.
Joey Diamond scored his 20th goal 30 seconds into the final period to get Maine (18-10-3, 13-9-2) within 2-1, but Carzo made it a two-goal game again at 11:44 and UMass held on to hand the Black Bears only their second loss in the last 10 games.
NU 2, Providence 2 - Chris Rawlings made 47 saves - 18 in a scoreless third period - and Adam Reid tied it with 4:59 remaining to help the Huskies (11-14-4, 7-12-4 Hockey East) deadlock the Friars (12-14-4, 10-10-3) for the second straight night at Matthews Arena. Northeastern extended its winless streak (0-3-2) to five games. Alex Beaudry made 33 stops for Providence.
UNH 3, Vermont 1 - Kevin McCarey, Greg Burke, and Connor Hardowa scored for the host Wildcats (13-15-3, 10-12-2 Hockey East) after they spotted the Catamounts (6-23-1, 3-19-1) a 1-0 first-period lead.
Yale 7, Harvard 1 - Kenny Agostino scored twice and added two assists, powering the host Bulldogs (12-13-2, 9-10-1 ECAC) to the easy win over the Crimson (8-8-11, 6-5-9). Danny Biega scored his eighth of the season in the second period for Harvard.
Union 5, Quinnipiac 2 - Jeremy Welsh and Daniel Carr each had a goal and an assist and the No. 8 Dutchmen (19-6-7, 13-3-4 ECAC) broke open a close game with three third-period goals against the visiting Bobcats (16-11-5, 8-8-4).
Dartmouth 4, Brown 1 - Eric Robinson scored twice in the first 9:44 and the visiting Big Green (10-13-4, 7-10-3 ECAC) cruised past the Bears (8-15-4, 5-12-3).
Salem St. 8, Framingham St. 2 - Chris Costigan and Ian Flanagan each scored twice as the host Vikings (13-8-3, 10-4-3) routed the visiting Rams (5-14-4, 3-11-3), giving coach Bill O’Neill his 500th career victory.
O’Neill is the fifth active coach, and the seventh in Division 3 history, to reach 500 wins. In his 31st season, O’Neill has compiled a record of 500-310-54. He has led Salem State to a pair of Final Four appearances, six NCAA Tournament bids, three ECAC East titles, and 20 MASCAC championships.