Minutemen Fall To River Hawks 3-2
Jan. 27, 2006
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts (9-14-0, 6-10-0 Hockey East) fell to sister school UMass Lowell (10-13-1, 6-9-1 HEA) on Friday night by the score of 3-2. Elias Godoy of UMass-Lowell scored a short handed goal at 5:37 of the third period to capture the win for the River Hawks. The season series with UML will conclude next Saturday in Lowell, while the Minutemen return to action tomorrow night vs. the BU Terriers.
The teams traded goals in the first, with the Minutemen netting the first at 9:05. After Jordan Virtue was tossed at 4:33 for hitting from behind (five-minute major, game misconduct), UMass evened things up at 7:24 after Bobby Robins was called for high-sticking. Skating 4x4, Stephen Werner skated over the blueline and left a drop pass to Marvin Degon, who shot it near side for his team-leading ninth goal of the season. Mark Matheson also assisted on the tally.
The River Hawks tied it up at 10:45 with an even-strength goal, won off the faceoff and dropped in near the crease. Brad King was credited with the goal, assisted by Rene Gauthier. Shots were 8-7 in favor of the visitors through 20 minutes of play.
Gabe Winer came through with some huge saves in the second, first stopping Lowell's Jeremy Hall on a breakaway before making back-to-back saves on a River Hawk shots in front of the crease, all around the 11 minute mark of the period.
UML's Danny O'Brien scored his team-leading fifth power play goal of the season, registered at 17:48 with Patrick Dineen in the box for cross-checking. O'Brien's goal, which beat Winer on the stick side, was assisted by Hall and Jake Pence to make it a 2-1 game.
Massachusetts tied it all up at two with Jamie Solon's fifth goal of the season at 4:28. The senior set a new personal-best for goals in a season with the tally, while the Acton, Mass. native has scored three goals in the last four contests. David Leaderer skated the puck into the zone and took the initial shot, which rebounded out to Solon. Solon collected the puck, shot it and grabbed his own rebound before stuffing it home. John Wessbecker also assisted on the goal.
Lowell didn't go away in the third and regained the lead with a shorthanded goal by Elias Godoy at 5:37. Godoy intercepted the UMass defense and skated in alone on Winer, beating him for his second shortie of the season to make it 3-2.
Winer was pulled with 1:06 left in the third period in favor of an extra attacker, but the Minutemen were unable to capitalize.
Overall, shots were 26-19 in favor of the Minutemen, with Winer making 16 saves in the game. Winer also set a school record for career games played, breaking Brian Regan's (1994-97) previous mark of 108. UMass was 0-for-5 on the power play, while UML went 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
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