Danes Ward Off UMass, Earn Biggest Win of The Season

(Photo Courtesy of UAlbany Athletics)

Despite missing three players, including leading scorer Tehoka Nanticoke and starting defenseman Elijah Gash, due to a conference-imposed, one-game suspension following an altercation during their contest against Binghamton on Saturday, UAlbany took down UMass, 13-12, on Tuesday afternoon to earn their biggest win of the season and hand the Minutemen their first loss.

Jakob Patterson’s eight points (3G/5A), a hat trick from Graydon Hogg, and four points (2G/2A) from Kyle Casey paced the Danes’ offense while Liam Donnelly put together his best game as a Dane in cage on the defensive end, finishing with 16 saves (12 of which came in the second half). Regan Endres went 15-for-28 (53%) at the faceoff dot.

That holistic success from the Danes helped them put together a full four-quarter, 60-minute effort to get past the Minutemen. In addition to the individual successes that the Danes enjoyed on both ends of the field, they won the ground ball battle 42-37.

Albany came out of the gates flying with Graydon Hogg and Jakob Patterson each finding the back of the net within the first few minutes of play. But UMass eventually found their feet Gabriel Procyk, who led the Minutemen with four goals, getting them on the board minutes later.

After seeing things tied up at 4 to end the first quarter of play, the Albany stood tall and blanked UMass in the second quarter to take a 6-4 halftime lead.

While a Ron John goal pushed the Albany lead to 7-4 early in the third, Dillon Arrant found the back of the net for UMass to end the Minutemen’s nearly 18-minute scoring drought. Like a tennis match, the two sides went back-and-forth the entire quarter with no team every able to put together a multi-goal run.

Zack Hochman and Caleb Hammett combined to 9-for-17 (52%) in the second half, which included five straight wins to end the third and start the fourth. That success at the faceoff dot helped ignite the UMass offense. The Minutemen were able to make it a one-goal game at the 13:00 mark of the fourth and tie things up at 12 with 3:27 in the fourth following a caused turnover that led Mike Tobin goal in transition.

Despite the Minutemen’s best efforts, Albany was able to play keep away in the final few minutes and secure the win off a Chris Ryan goal with 1:27 on the clock.

Albany rides this win into a big time conference matchup with Stony Brook on Saturday while UMass has a high-profile conference meeting on the road against Hofstra next Tuesday.

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