Jan. 12, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. -
Stephen Crusco scored an unassisted goal 2:38 into overtime to lift Merrimack to a 2-1 victory over the University of Massachusetts in Hockey East action tonight at the William D. Mullins Center.
Crusco scored his first career goal off a defensive zone turnover by the Minutemen. Crusco got control of the puck near the right faceoff circle and cut to the net before sliding the puck under Massachusetts goaltender Mike Johnson (Excelsior, Minn.) for the game-winner.
After two scoreless periods, Massachusetts took a 1-0 lead 7:38 into the third period. Freshman Craig MacDonald (Canton, Mass.) fired home a rebound of a Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) shot. Junior Tim Turner (Saginaw, Mich.) also assisted on the goal. Mauldin's assist extended his point-streak to seven games.
The Warriors knotted the game, 1-1, a little more than three minutes after the Minuteman goal, when Anthony Aquino netted his 17th goal of the season. Aquino knocked in a loose puck in front of the UMass net. Nick Parillo and Greg Lauze were credited with the assists on the goal.
Johnson finished the game with 33 saves in the net for Massachusetts, while Merrimack goaltender Jason Wolfe made 30 saves to improve his record to 2-0-1 on the season.
The victory improves Merrimack to 8-12-2 overall and 3-7-2 in Hockey East, while the loss drops Massachusetts to 7-14-1 overall and 2-9-1 in Hockey East. The Warriors now have a three-point lead over the Minutemen in the league standings.
Merrimack 0-0-1-1 -- 2 (8-12-2 overall / 3-7-2 HE)
Massachusetts 0-0-1-0 -- 1 (7-14-1 overall / 2-9-1 HE)
SCORING - FIRST PERIOD: none. SECOND PERIOD: none. THIRD PERIOD: 1. UM, Craig MacDonald 6 (Greg Mauldin, Tim Turner) 7:38, 2. MC, Anthony Aquino 17 (Nick Parillo, Greg Lauze) 10:47. OVERTIME: 3. MC, Stephen Crusco 1 (unassisted) 2:38.
SHOTS - MC, 35 (19-12-12-1), UM, 31 (8-10-11-2). SAVES - MC, Jason Wolfe 30 (8-10-10-2), UM, Mike Johnson 33 (10-12-11-0). PENALTIES - MC, 1 for 2 min., UM, 4 for 8 min. POWER PLAYS - MC, 0 for 4, UM, 0 for 1. ATTENDANCE - 2,279.