UMass Succumbs to Northeastern Rally
Jan. 25, 2003
BOSTON - Northeastern scored two goals in a three-minute span late in the second period to defeat the University of Massachusetts in Hockey East action Saturday night at historic Matthews Arena. The loss drops UMass' record to 14-11-1 overall and 8-9-0 in Hockey East.
Both teams played a defensive first period. Northeastern recorded the game's first shot on goal over five minutes in, while UMass' first shot came at the 7:15 mark. UMass went on the first power play late in the first period, but couldn't get set up in the Northeastern zone and the Huskies killed it to keep the game scoreless. Northeastern then generated some offensive pressure and notched the first goal of the game late in the first period. Moments after UMass stopped a 2-on-1 break, Brian Swiniarski's one-timer from the left slot beat UMass goalie Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) gloveside just under the crossbar with 14 seconds left before the first intermission to give Northeastern a 1-0 advantage after one period.
UMass cranked up the offensive pressure on Northeastern goalie Mike Gilhooly early in the second period, but it was a defensive play by Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.) that set up the Minutemen's first goal. Anderson forced a Northeastern turnover deep in its own zone. Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) picked up a loose puck behind the goal line and delivered a shot five hole on Gilhooly from close-range that knotted the score at 1-1 at the 3:45 mark of the second period. The goal, Mauldin's 14th of the season, was his 30th point of the season.
After killing off Northeastern's first power-play of the night, UMass struck again. This time Matt Fetzer (Chicago, Ill.) stole a pass at mid-ice, and fed Tim Turner (Saginaw, Mich.) along the right boards. Turner brought the puck in on Gilhooly, who then shoveled a pass to Mike Warner (Waltham, Mass.) in the center of the ice. Warner deked left and lifted a backhanded shot past Gilhooly's glove at the 8:30 mark to give UMass a 2-1 cushion. However, Northeastern came back and tied the game at 2-2 when Trevor Reschny faked a shot which got a UMass defenseman to commit. Reschny then fired a shot past Winer as the freshman goalie was sliding left to cover the center of the net. Reschny's goal came at the 14:03 mark.
Northeastern took a 3-2 lead at the 17:09 mark of the second period, when Joe Santilli one-timed a power-play blast from a tough angle in the left slot for his second goal of the season, which stood as the second intermission score.
The Minutemen failed to generate many offensive chances in the third period. The best chance may have come on a shorthanded 2-on-1 breakawat midway through the stanza, but Marvin Degon's (Millbury, Mass.) pass to a streaking Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) was knocked away. The Minutemen pulled Winer with 33 seconds left and were on a power play for a 6-on-4 advantage, but could get no solid looks.
UMass will remain on the road next weekend with a 7:00 p.m. game at Boston College on Friday, followed by a 7:00 p.m. face-off at Providence on Saturday night.