Maine Shuts Out UMass, 3-0
Jan. 16, 2004
ORONO, Maine - The University of Massachusetts hockey team ran into a tough defensive effort by Maine and were shut out for the third time in four games, falling to the Black Bears, 3-0. The Minutemen fall to 10-7-5 overall and 6-5-2 in Hockey East heading into tomorrow's series finale.
The Minutemen had the game's first good chance just 1:30 into the contest when Hobey Baker candidate Thomas P?ck (Klagenfurt, Austria) found himself alone in front of the net, but couldn't get anything on the backhanded shot and Maine goalie Frank Doyle kicked it aside to keep the game scoreless. However, UMass kept the pressure and Doyle stopped a Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.) shot on a 2-on-1 break and a Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) partial breakaway moments later to keep the Minutemen off the board. Maine had a great opportunity on its first shot of the game as Colin Shields was found streaking in from the right side, but Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) made a great save from the right doorstop to keep the Black Bears scoreless. Tempers flared 15 minutes into the period as Maine's Greg Moore hammered P?ck into the boards, giving UMass the game's first power play. Werner had a good look at the goal, but his shot was blocked and the Black Bears killed off the UMass chance. Winer then stopped two John Ronan shots from in close with three minutes left, but an uncovered face-off allowed Mike Hamilton to find the back of the net after Jon Jankus drew the face-off back to him at 17:01 to take a 1-0 lead. Shortly after Maine's goal, the Black Bears went on their first power play of the game. However, the Minutemen killed off the Maine opportunity and the two teams skated into the locker rooms, with Maine leading 1-0 after 20 minutes.
The Minutemen had an excellent opportunity four minutes in, as Josh Hanson (Medford, Mass.) hustled to a puck behind the Maine net and fed a streaking Craig MacDonald (Canton, Mass.), but MacDonald's one-timer was blocked by a Maine stick into the stands to keep the Minutemen off the scoreboard. Ten minutes into the period, the Minutemen went on their second power-play chance of the contest. Marvin Degon (Millbury, Mass.) and Tim Vitek (Dresden, Ontario) both had good looks that Doyle stopped. Shortly after the UMass opportunity, the Black Bears went up 2-0 when Tom Zabkowicz batted home a Colin Shields rebound at the 12:40 mark. UMass went on a short-lived power play, but couldn't generate any offense, that ended with a UMass penalty 13 minutes into the frame. Maine's forecheck was dominant and created a 34-second 5-on-3 power play with five mintes to play in the second period. The Black Bears again went on a 5-on-3 power play, this time for 1:37 late in the second period. Maine capitalized on a pretty cross-ice pass that Michel L?veill? deposited into the back of the net at the 18:44 mark for a 3-0 advantage.
The Minutemen started the third period on the power play after a Maine penalty, but again the Maine PK unit was outstanding and killed off the UMass chance with no damage done. Maine would go on its sixth and seventh power plays of the game midway through the thord period, but after spending one entire power play in the UMass offensive zone, the Minutemen killed off both Maine chances to remain in the contest. The Minutemen could generate no offense in the last 10 minutes and were shut out by the third-ranked Black Bears, 3-0.
The Minutemen will conclude their regular-season series with Maine on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine, with face-off slated for 7:00 p.m. The game is being broadcast by WABI-TV (Portland), and is available for viewers in Massachusetts on the Internet for a pay-per-view price of $14.95 at www.watchmainesports.com. UMass will then take the next 10 days off, before hosting three Hockey East foes in a row, starting with Northeastern on Jan. 29 at the Mullins Center. For ticket information, contact the UMass ticket office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX.
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