Lang's Goal Caps Off UMass Rally
Jan. 24, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Jeff Lang (Westwood, Mass.) scored at the 10:54 mark of the third period to cap off a UMass rally to defeat Northeastern, 3-2, in Hockey East action on Friday night. The Minutemen, who rallied from a 2-0 second-period deficit, improve to 14-10-1 with the win, while Northeastern drops to 7-14-2.
The Huskies jumped all over the Minutemen early, and scored on the first power-play of the game. Mike Ryan took a feed from Jason Guerriero and one-timed a slapshot from just inside the blue line that snuck just inside the right post for a 1-0 just 2:40 into the game. After both teams killed off power-play chances, Northeastern struck againat the 14:35 mark for a 2-0 advantage. Chuck Tomes tallied his first goal of the year with a rocket from the center of the scoring zone that beat Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) stick side. UMass, meanwhile, struggled on the offensive end, managing only six shots on goal that NU goalie Keni Gibson turned aside.
The Minutemen went on the offensive in the second period and narrowed the margin to 2-1 at the 4:47 mark. Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) got the play started on the defensive end by deflecting a Northeastern pass. Mauldin carried the puck the length of the ice and fired a shot that Gibson initially saved. However, Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) picked up the loose puck and flipped it into the back of the net to cut the Huskies' lead to one. Then, three minutes later, Mauldin sniped a shot from point-blank range after Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.) stole the puck behind the Northeastern net. Anderson shoveled a pass to Mauldin, who rifled it top shelf past Gibson to 2-2.
UMass started the third period on a 5-on-3 power play that carried over from the second period, but the Huskies forced the Minutemen to the perimeter and ended the power play unscathed. The Minutemen then started attacking, and received a fortuitous bounce along the way to record its third goal of the evening. Mauldin cycled the puck in the Northeastern zone and dropped it off to Lang just inside the blue-line. Lang let a wrister go that bounced off Gibson's pads, off his back and trickled into the net at the 10:54 mark to give UMass a 3-2 advantage. Werner also assisted on the goal for UMass. The Minutemen then stopped any Northeastern opportunity after Gibson was pulled with 1:11 to play.
With the win, UMass moves into a tie for fourth place in Hockey East with an 8-8-0 record. Northeastern drops to 2-12-1 in Hockey East action. The rally was UMass' sixth of the year when trailing by at least two goals.
The Minutemen and Huskies will square off for the final time in the regular season on Saturday with a 7:00 p.m. game at historic Matthews Arena in Boston. The game will be televised live by Fox Sports New England.