Capraro's Goal Beats No. 7 Eagles
Jan. 3, 2003
BOSTON -- Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.) scored on a 2-on-1 power-play breakaway at the 15:45 mark to boost the Minutemen to a 3-2 Hockey East win over No. 7-ranked Boston College on Friday night at Conte Forum. The win moves UMass' record to 11-7-1 overall and 5-5-0 in the Hockey East. The Minutemen rallied from a 2-0 second-period deficit to earn their first win over the Eagles in the last eight games.
Neither team mounted a serious offensive threat in the first 10 minutes of the contest, as both the Minutemen and the Eagles killed off uneventful power plays. B.C. then started to control the zone, and used a UMass power play to score the first goal of the game. The Minutemen turned the puck over in their end. After a brief touch by UMass in its own zone, Dave Spina stole the puck and fired a wrister top shelf over Gabe Winer's (Stoughton, Mass.) glove to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead at the 17:50 mark.
The Eagles then took a 2-0 lead at the 5:13 mark of the second period on a pertty play. Anthony D'Arpino netted the goal after the Eagles cycled the puck in the UMass zone for nearly 20 seconds. Ned Havern found D'Arpino alone in front of the net, and he fired a shot top-shelf past Winer. Justin Dziama also assisted on the goal.
The goal sparked some life into the Minutemen, as UMass may have had its best chance to score eight minutes into the period. Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.) received the puck from defenseman Sean Regan (South Boston, Mass.) at the Eagle blue line. Capraro took the puck in towards Kaltiainen and dropped it off to a streaking Mike Warner (Waltham, Mass.). However, Warner's shot was into the body of Kaltiainen, who smothered the rubber to keep the Minutemen scoreless. UMass then cut into the lead at the 12:50 mark. After gaining control of the puck in its own end, UMass' Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.) took the puck the length of the ice and waited for Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) to fill the center. Anderson delivered the puck to Pöck, who rocketed a shot past Kaltiainen glove side to cut the margin to 2-1. Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) also assisted on the goal.
The Minutemen then tied the game on a pretty power-play goal by Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.). The sophomore received a cross-ice pass from Anderson, which caught Kaltiainen out of position, Mauldin cradled the puck, and rifled a shot past a diving Kaltiainen to knot the game at 2-2 at the 16:02 mark. The goal was Mauldin's 10th of the season. Werner and Anderson recorded their second assists of the game on the play.
Most of the play in the third period took place in neutral ice. The Minutemen then got a break in the form of the first power play of the period. Moments after Pöck clanged a shot off the left post, Capraro capitalized on a 2-on-1 power-play break and sniped a shot past a diving Kaltiainen for a 3-2 advantage at the 15:45 mark. Warner hit Capraro with a beautiful pass for his 10th assist of the year and Tim Turner (Saginaw, Mich.) also assisted on the play. The assist pushed Turner's scoring streak to nine games, and the assist was Turner's 50th of his career.
The Minutemen return home for the first time in a month with a Sunday afternoon matinee against Providence. The Friars entered the weekend with a 9-6-1 overall record and 3-5-1 in the Hockey East. Face-off is at 3:00 p.m. at the Mullins Center.