UMass bites UAH in OT to win Mariucci opener

UAH lost to Massachusetts in overtime on Friday, a 2-1 decision in the opening game of the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Chargers (7-12-2) will face Mercyhurst, which lost to 11-ranked host Minnesota 5-1, in the third-place game. The game is Saturday at 4 p.m. and can be seen online on BTN Plus.


The Minutemen (5-12-2) opened scoring as Jake Horton snapped an attempt from the right point, and it snuck between the left post and Jordan Uhelski’s stick side with 4:32 remaining in the first.

UAH had enough chances to get on the board first, outshooting UMass 10-7 in the first period. The Chargers had a power play, but committed two offsides before getting anything on it until late.

The Chargers, who continued to have good looks throughout the second period, tied the game at 3:35. Max McHugh was able to get a stick on a deflected puck in front of the UMass net, scoring his seventh goal of the season. He was assisted by Josh Kestner and Jordan Larson.

UAH could not convert on two big power play opportunities in the latter half of the third period, given thanks to penalties on Griff Jeszka.

The first power play with 7:50 left was mostly in the UMass end until Ray Pigozzi got a shorthanded breakaway, which was saved by Uhelski. Josh Kestner’s slashing penalty on the play killed the rest of the advantage.

Jeszka’s hooking call with 2:12 gave the Chargers one last chance in regulation, but the Minutemen killed it off and forced overtime.

In the extra frame, Jeszka redeemed himself after the penalties with the game-winning goal with 2:50 to go.

UAH outshot UMass 30-19. Uhelski made 17 saves, while Wischow had 29.