No. 11 Minutemen fall to UMass Lowell, 3-0
Jan. 3, 2004
LOWELL, Mass. - The No. 11-ranked University of Massachusetts hockey team fell behind 2-0 14 minutes into the game and couldn't generate any offense in falling to UMass Lowell, 3-0. With the loss, the Minutemen fall to 9-5-5 overall and 5-3-2 in Hockey East.
Neither team mounted much of a threat in the opening moments of the contest as only one whistle was blown in the first six minutes of play. The River Hawks went on the game's first power play, seven minutes into the game, thus producing the first goal. UMass Lowell caught the Minutemen in a bad line change, and Elias Godoy rocketed a shot just under the crossbar at the 8:08 mark for a 1-0 advantage. Jason Tejchma assisted on the netter. The two teams then skated four-on-four 11 minutes into the game after matching slashing penalties, but neither team threatened and both players skated out of the box. The River Hawks made it 2-0 on a pretty goal by Tejchma, who batted in a Danny O'Brien pass as he was falling down at the 14:12 mark. Brian Bova also assisted in the goal. UMass started to pressure and had a good chance at the goal as Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) and James Solon (Acton, Mass.) both had good looks. However, Pöck drew a penalty on the play and the Minutemen went on their first power play of the game 17 minutes into the first frame. But UMass couldn't get set up and Peter Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.) had a good look, but flipped a shot high and UML killed off the power-play chance. UMass Lowell led 2-0 and outshot the Minutemen, 11-8, after one period.
The Minutemen had their first good shift of the game with about eight minutes gone by the second frame. Marvin Degon (Millbury, Mass.) and Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) both had shots on goal during the shift and the Minutemen started to tilt the ice a bit. Moments later, Kevin Jarman (Aurora, Ontario) skated in on the left side and fired a wide-open shot on UML goalie Chris Davidson, but the junior goalie made the save to keep the Minutemen scoreless. However, shortly after the chance, the River Hawks went on their second power play of the game after a UMass penalty. The Minutemen killed off the power play without further harm to remain within striking distance. The River Hawks went on another power play just after UMass killed the previous one for its third of the game. The Minutemen again killed the power play with ease and had a great shorthanded opportunity as Degon fired a one-timer into Davidson's belly. The squads finished the period skating 4-on-4 after matching minor penalties and the River Hawks led 2-0 after two periods.
Lowell went on its fourth power play of the game just 1:33 into the third period. The River Hawks had one good look at the goal, but their shot sailed just hwide. However, immediately UML used a UMass turnover in its own defensive end, as Godoy skated in unimpeded, put a deke on Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) and slid the puck into the back of the net at 3:43 for a 3-0 advantage. UMass would go on only its second power play of the game nine minutes into the third period. With 9:59 left to play, the River Hawks' Jerramie Domish, who was given a game disqualification, then committed a five-minute penalty hitting from behind penalty on UMass superstar Greg Mauldin, causing a lengthy delay on the ice. Mauldin laid motionless face-down on the ice for nearly 17 minutes. Mauldin was taken off on a stretcher to a local hospital. Details of his injury were not made available. When play resumed, the Minutemen skated 4-on-3 for over a minute, and then would skate 5-on-4 for three minutes later in the period, but the power play ended after a UMass penalty a minute into the Minuteman advantage. Neither team had much of a threat late in the game, and the River Hawks even the season series at 1-1 with a 3-0 victory.
The Minutemen will conclude the regular-season series against UMass Lowell with a 3:00 p.m. face-off on Sunday, Jan. 4, at the Mullins Center. The game is promoted as youth hockey night. Any youth hockey player wearing a team jersey can purchase a ticket for $3. The game is also one of UMass' family days. Four tickets, four sodas and four hot dogs can be purchased for only $30.