UMass Rallies in Third Past Merrimack
Jan. 10, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts hockey team scored three third-period goals, the last coming from sophomore Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) at the 18:26 mark, to rally the Minutemen to a 4-3 Hockey East victory over Merrimack at the Mullins Center. With the win, UMass set a school record for most wins in a season as its record now stands at 13-7-1. Merrimack falls to 7-9-3 on the season.
The Warriors opened the game strong, and notched the first goal of the game when Nick Cammarata slipped a shot past UMass goalie Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) for a power-play netter at the 7:07 mark. Cammarata scrambled to a loose puck off a rebound and went to the left post and snuck it past a diving Winer. The Warriors then went up 2-0 when Lucas Smith caught Winer out of position and blasted a shot top shelf at the 9:39 mark. Nick Pomponio and Brent Gough were credited with assists on the play, as Winer was attempting to clear the puck and Pomponio knocked the puck back to Smith. The goal sparked some life into the Minutemen, as UMass dominated the second 10 minutes of the period, but couldn't solve Merrimack goalie Joe Exter.
Neither team mounted much offensive pressure in the second period. However, UMass cut into the Merrimack lead at the 9:21 mark when Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) buried home his 11th goal of the year. Pöck found himself open in the right slot when Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.) hit him with a beautiful feed that Pöck sniped past Exter's glove. Tim Turner (Saginaw, Mich.) also assisted on the goal to cut the Warriors' lead to 2-1. However, Bryan Schmidt of Merrimack pushed the lead back to two goals at the 12:26 mark when he found himself open at the point. Schmidt waited and fired a blast past Winer short-side to give Merrimack a 3-1 advantage.
As it has done so many times this year, UMass dominated the third period, outshooting Merrimack, 23-7. UMass cut into the Warrior lead just 6:30 in the third stanza on a power-play netter. Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.) beat Exter to the right post after Mauldin shoveled a rebound to him in front of the net. Nick Kuiper (Beaconsfield, Quebec) got the play started by firing a shot off Exter's stick that bounced to Mauldin. UMass tied the game seven minutes later when Turner received a perfect pass from Pöck, as Turner was streaking in front of the net that he wrapped around Exter to tie the game at 3-3 at the 13:35 mark. Capraro also assisted on Turner's power-play goal. UMass' last goal came as Anderson backhanded a pass to Mauldin, who had created room in front of the net. Mauldin then wristed a shot past Exter's stick at the 18:26 mark to give UMass the come-from-behind win. Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) also recorded an assist on the goal. The win marked the second game in a row that UMass had scored in the last two minutes of the game to take the late lead.
The Minutemen head to Merrimack Saturday night for the second game of the two-game series. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. at Volpe Complex in North Andover.