Minutemen Drop 4-3 Decision To UMass Lowell
Jan. 7, 2005
LOWELL, Mass. - Massachusetts fell to 10-11-1 overall, 4-6-1 in Hockey East after Friday night's 4-3 loss to the UMass Lowell River Hawks at Tsongas Arena. The season series between the two teams is now tied at one game apiece, with the final game being played on Jan. 22 in Amherst.
Both teams were scoreless through the opening period, but Lowell was the first to get on the board at 6:43 of the second. Danny O'Brien's fifth goal of the season gave the River Hawks the brief 1-0 lead.
Junior defenseman Marvin Degon, who leads all Minutemen in power play tallies, knotted the game at 9:22 with UMass holding the 5-on-4 advantage. Degon's seventh goal of the season--and fifth power play goal--was assisted by Mike Kostka and Stephen Werner.
Werner turned around and made it a 2-1 game with a goal at 16:43--his team-leading 11th goal of the season. Werner, the Hockey East/CCM Player of the Week, had a hand in all three Minuteman goals as his line was on the ice for every UMass tally. Kevin Jarman and Jeff Lang assisted.
With matching penalties called to Dusty Demianiuk and Lowell's Andrew Martin for roughing, the teams were skating 4-on-4 before UMass' Kostka was called for the same penalty, putting the River Hawks on the 4-on-3 power play. With neither team ready for the faceoff in the Massachusetts end, the puck was dropped and Lowell's Jason Tejchma reacted first, quickly sending the puck to Brad King who fired a shot past Winer. The goal was scored one second into Kostka's penalty to make it a 2-2 game.
The River Hawks made it 3-2 just 17 seconds later on an even-strength goal and the teams went into the locker room with that score.
Degon connected on the power play once again in the third--just 27 seconds into the period--to tie it at three, but UMass Lowell was able to pull out a fourth goal at 11:43 that turned out to be the gamewinner.
Shots in the game were 20-16 in favor of the River Hawks. Winer made 12 saves in the game, while Lowell's Peter Vetri made 17. The Massachusetts power play was 2-for-4 overall. The River Hawks, who have the nation's top-rated power play, was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.
UMass returns to the Mullins Center next week for a pair of conference games vs. Maine. Game times are set for 7 p.m. both nights.