Winer Shuts Out Black Bears, 1-0
Jan. 17, 2004
ORONO, Maine - The University of Massachusetts hockey team's Gabe Winer recorded 22 saves and the Minutemen got a first period goal from Marvin Degon to shut out Maine, 1-0, at Alfond Arena. The win moves UMass' record to 11-7-5 overall and 7-5-2 in Hockey East.
Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) made the game's first big saves when he stopped a pair of Black Bear shots from in close by Troy Barnes and John Ronan just three minutes into the contest. Winer again made two great saves seven minutes into the game on a Maine partial breakaway on the Black Bears' Greg Moore and Colin Shields. UMass' first good shot came on a Marvin Degon (Millbury, Mass.) slapshot eight minutes into the contest that Maine goalie Jimmy Howard gobbled up. UMass went on the game's firrst power play 8:42 into the contest, which the Minutemen capitalized on just 14 seconds into the power play. Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) fed Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) with a cross-ice pass, who in turn fed Degon, who sniped a shot into the top right corner past Howard's glove at the 8:56 mark for a 1-0 advantage. Shortly after UMass' goal, the Black Bears went on their first power-play chance of the game, but Winer and the Minuteman PK unit stood tall and kept Maine off the scoreboard. The two teams then skated even for the rest of the first period, with neither squad mounting much of an offensive threat until late in the frame when Winer made a great glove-save on a Dustin Penner wrister with under two minutes to play in the first frame.
The Minutemen went on their second power play of the contest just 23 seconds into the second period. The Minutemen had several great looks at the goal, including a wide-open net that Pöck missed with Howard on his back. Nick Kuiper (Beaconsfield, Quebec) also had a good look that Howard saved. Maine went on its second power play of the contest just three minutes into the second period, but again the UMass penalty-kill unit stepped up and didn't allow a shot on goal for the two minutes, killing off the Maine attack easily. Maine tilted the ice and had a number of good looks at the net midway through the second period, but Winer closed the gate on each one of them. The Maine defense also clamped down, limiting UMass' shots on goal. Through 13 minutes of the period, the Minutemen had only two shots on goal. UMass survived a flurry in front of its own net with about four minutes to hold on for a 1-0 lead. Tempers flared with 11 seconds left in the second period, after a fracus erupted in front of the UMass bench. In all, 13 penalties were called and all 10 players on the ice were sent into the penalty box. Somehow out of it, the Minutemen were awarded a power play, which would carry over into the third period.
However, with most of the usual suspects in the penalty box, the Black Bears easily killed off the Minuteman power play. Neither team had much of a threat in the first seven minutes of the third period as the Minutemen bottled up Maine in neutral ice to keep the Black Bears at bay. However, UMass started to tilt the ice and kept the puck in the Maine zone for the majority of the period's first 10 minutes. Winer and the UMass defense continued its stellar play, allowing no shots on goal in the period's first 16 minutes, taking the Minutemen down to the four-minute mark with a 1-0 lead. Winer and the UMass defense then ran out the clock, holding the Black Bears to only one shot on goal in the third period. For the game, Winer made 22 saves for his second career shutout, and first shutout of Maine at home since the 1999-2000 season.
UMass will then take the next 12 days off, before hosting three Hockey East foes in a row, starting with Northeastern on Jan. 29, Merrimack on Jan. 31, and New Hampshire on Feb. 6, at the Mullins Center. For ticket information, contact the UMass ticket office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX.