BRIDGEPORT: After 1-1 first interval, UMass scores 4 unanswered objectives to knock off Lake Superior State 5-1

Filip Lindberg completed with 30 saves as UMass toppled Lake Superior State 5-1 Friday night time in Bridgeport, Conn. (photograph: Matt Dewkett).

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — For a person whose group superior to an NCAA regional championship sport with a 5-1 win, UMass coach Greg Carvel gave a frank, damaging evaluation of the Minutemen’s efficiency.

“In a grinding sport, there have been loads of odd-man rushes and that isn’t good,” mentioned Carvel of the win over Lake Superior State. “We’ll take them, however we’re not supposed to offer them. I didn’t like that truth. I believed we had the sport backwards. After we had the puck we have been gradual. After we didn’t have the puck, we have been checking aggressively and we wanted to flip that.

“I believed we have been higher within the third, however for 2 intervals, I wasn’t overly proud of the best way have been taking part in and once more. We have been off tonight.”

After the primary interval led to a 1-1 tie, the Minutemen scored twice at even energy lower than two minutes aside within the second interval and added each a power-play tally and the empty-net objective within the third. Even after outshooting Lake Superior State 18-12 within the second and coming away with a two-goal lead, Carvel mentioned he let his group know the way he felt about their play within the second intermission.

“I didn’t say something,” mentioned Carvel. “I yelled it. I used to be not pleased after two intervals. I believe we have been forward 3-1 however we have been sloppy. We gave up many odd-man conditions.”

Carvel was particularly sad with the variety of penalties UMass took, together with interference and hooking penalties within the third interval.

“We took interference penalties as a result of we cheated the sport,” mentioned Carvel. “While you cheat the sport, that’s what occurs. We didn’t take 5 penalties in three [Hockey East] playoff video games. We did sure issues nicely and the youngsters compete laborious and so they scored from in entrance of the web, which was key to the sport, however we’re not going to win extra video games at this stage presently of the yr taking part in like we did tonight.”

Jake Gaudet let the Minutemen with two objectives tonight, the primary at 10:07 within the first to offer UMass the early 1-0 lead and the second on the facility play at 10:49 within the third. They have been the senior captain’s fourth and fifth objectives of the season, and Carvel had one thing to say about that as nicely, referencing junior Bobby Trivigno’s team-leading 10 objectives.

“Trivigno can’t carry us each single sport,” mentioned Carvel. “We want different guys to step up and Gaudet’s received three objectives within the final two video games and the best way he ought to be scoring, across the web, proudly owning house, being a giant participant. Blissful for him. We wanted that. I didn’t assume we had loads of guys going tonight and he was, fortunately.”

Josh Lopina and Carson Gicewicz had the second-period objectives for the Minutemen and Anthony Del Gaizo discovered the empty web with 4:13 remaining in regulation, when the Lakers had pulled goaltender Mareks Mitens early for the additional attacker.

Junior Ashton Calder had the lone objective for Lake Superior State at 17:14 within the first interval. Each goaltenders labored this one. Mitens made 32 saves on the 36 pictures that he confronted. For Massachusetts, Filip Lindberg allowed one objective on 31 pictures.

“I’ve not given Filip Lindberg lot of credit score down the stretch, however he deserves all of it tonight,” mentioned Carvel. “He was excellent after we weren’t nice.”

That is the second consecutive NCAA match look for the Minutemen, who misplaced the nationwide championship sport to Minnesota Duluth in 2019. The Lakers, although, are a distinct story. The final time Lake Superior State performed an NCAA match sport was in 1996.

“It gained’t be 25 years earlier than you see us once more,” mentioned LSSU coach Damon Whitten. “We’ll be again.”

The Lakers captured the WCHA playoff championship title and end the season with a file of 19-7-3.

“You may’t take the sting out,” mentioned Whitten. “It hurts. We got here in anticipating to win a sport, win a few video games and transfer on. We’re champions. We’ve restored loads of delight in this system with what we’ve carried out.”

The Minutemen (15-5-4) advance to play Bemidji State (16-9-3) within the East Regional championship sport Saturday. The No. 4 seed Beavers upset No. 1 Wisconsin 6-3 within the first semifinal sport.

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