Published: Вт, Апреля 16, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Del Gaizo seals UMass’ 4-3 OT win over Denver

Del Gaizo seals UMass’ 4-3 OT win over Denver

Mackay, seated proudly at the podium, could say the same thing about Shepard. Sandelin isn't one to get caught up on accolades and awards, the goalie said. In those wins over Air Force, Ohio State and Notre Dame, the Bulldogs jumped ahead 2-0 in the first period.

The Bulldogs fell by one goal to Denver in 2017, which was followed by an offseason in which 10 players departed, including four of their top five scorers.

Shepard had his seventh shutout of the season and nation-leading 29th victory, improving his NCAA Tournament record to 8-0.

He's buzzing and with the addition of Makar, elite scorers, the season-long ride all capped off with the OT thriller from Thursday, Duluth will have its hands full in the championship.

The Del Gaizo brothers, both from Basking Ridge with Marc playing a year for Ridge and Anthony wearing the green and white for Delbarton for three seasons, have been more than key cogs in the fourth-seeded Minutemen's run to the championship game.

Recovering from the semifinal win quickly became just as important as preparing for the title game.

The Bulldogs had two goals disallowed in the opening 20 minutes.

The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Sandelin credited the Bulldogs for leaning on their past experience playing on a big stage.

Trivigno scored UMass' first goal in the game. Filip Larsson, who was also coming off consecutive shutouts, finished with 23 saves. The sophomore leads the Minutemen with 49 points (16 G, 33 A) and has been the undeniable star of UMass' impressive season. "I was asked if I wanted to use my challenge", Carle said.

"It was very tough to sit up there, it's just frustrating getting kicked out like that and there's nothing I can do about it", Chaffee said. Our team has brought so much respect to this program.

"All I know is if you win 31 games, you're a damn good hockey team".

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It goes on and on when you compare power-play and penalty-kill percentages.

Del Gaizo snuck in to the top of the left circle and one-timed a pass from Oliver Chau past the outstretched glove of Pioneers goalie Filip Larsson with 4 minutes, 42 seconds left in the extra session to set off a wild celebration by the team wearing white jerseys, with its band happily serenading the crew from Amherst, Mass.

Hildenbrand gave Marc Del Gaizo a big hug when he joined the celebration in the locker room in appreciation for keeping the Minutemen's season alive for one more game. Instead of shooting, Mikey Anderson sent the puck from the point to Parker Mackay cutting across the slot alone.

The Minutemen responded by scoring three power-play goals in a span of 2:31.

Duluth outshot UMass 14-5 in the frame. Yep, that's a high hit to the head.

Four of them came on a 5-on-3 Friars advantage that lasted a minute and 24 seconds early in the third period with the score tied at 1-1.

For Bulldogs senior wing Billy Exell, the hero in Thursday's 4-1 semifinal win over Providence and a three-time national championship game participant, history is far from what motivates him to win another national championship Saturday.

UMass' best scoring chance came with 56 seconds left in the second period, when Anthony Del Gaizo came out from behind the Bulldogs' net and had several chances to stuff the puck in only to be denied by Shepard.

Coach Scott Sandelin isn't taking Minnesota Duluth's third consecutive trip to the Frozen Four championship game for granted because of how hard it is to get there. "Coming in and knowing how hard it is to get here, what it takes to get here, cherishing every opportunity because we've been fortunate enough to win it past year: We want that feeling again".

Scott Sandelin is no different than anyone else in appreciating a rags-to-riches journey such as the MA hockey program has enjoyed over the past three years. "We were positive, stuck with it, got after it".

The University of MA ice hockey team will be playing for the NCAA men's ice hockey Division I title Saturday and a trio of Garden State skaters have been a big reason why the Minutemen are one win away from immortality.

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