UMass leads St. Cloud State by 4 entering third period of national championship game

UMass’ Reed Lebster (13) celebrates his first-period purpose in opposition to St. Cloud State (picture: Jim Rosvold).

PITTSBURGH — Particular groups helped UMass double its lead within the second interval of the 2021 nationwide championship recreation and the Minutemen lead St. Cloud State, 4-0, with 20 minutes standing between the them and their first nationwide championship.

Philip Lagunov scored short-handed at 5:10 and Matthew Kessel scored on the facility play at 13:50 to place a stranglehold on the sport.

Lagunov’s purpose was spotlight reel materials. Choosing up a free puck on the penalty kill on the defensive blue line, Lagunov accelerated up the appropriate wing. When Nick Perbix went for an open-ice hit and missed, Lagunov was alone on netminder David Hrenak and stuffed a shot beneath the armpit for a 3-0 lead.

After killing the rest of that penalty and one other halfway via the interval, UMass went to the facility play at 12:35 when St. Cloud State was whistled for too many males.

The UMass energy play was a clinic in passing and eventually Oliver Chau moved the puck again to Kessel who launched it prime shelf for the 4-0 benefit.

Massachusetts performed opportunistic hockey within the opening interval. Although St. Cloud managed the interval territorially, the Huskies mustered simply three pictures on purpose, although that didn’t embrace Veeti Miettinen’s shot off the submit simply 90 seconds into the sport.

As issues settled in for the Minutemen, they discovered methods to capitalize on errors.

As St. Cloud State was seeking to assault within the UMass zone, defenseman Ty Farmer grabbed a free puck and hit Aaron Bohlinger with an outlet cross. Whereas Bohlinger was more likely to be in alone, two St. Cloud defensemen collided, permitting Ryan Sullivan to leap within the play for a 2-on-0. Working the give-and-go, Bohlinger buried his first collegiate purpose at 7:26 for the 1-0 lead.

After UMass killed the interval’s solely penalty, it was in a position to lengthen the lead late. Cal Kiefiuk picked off Sam Hentges clearing cross alongside the left board, curled under the purpose line and fired a goal-mouth cross that Reed Lebster buried at 18:56 for a 2-0 benefit.

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