Terriers Prevail Over Minutemen 3-1
Jan. 28, 2006
BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts fell to 9-15-0, 6-11-0 Hockey East after a 3-1 loss to No. 13/14 Boston University (14-8-2, 12-6-1 HEA) on Saturday night at Agganis Arena. The Terriers scored a goal in each of the three periods to ensure the win, as well as sole possession of second place in the league standings. UMass returns to action next Friday at 7 p.m. when it hosts current No. 1 Boston College for the fourth-annual White Out Night at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center.
The Terriers had plenty of chances to capitalize in the opening 20 minutes, as UMass afforded them four power play opportunities (1:08, 5:37, 10:11 and 14:08). While BU did not convert with the man-advantage, junior Kenny Roche did get the home team on the board with his tenth goal of the season, scored at 18:05. Boston University rushed up ice and challenged UMass in front of the net before Pete MacArthur put a shot in from between the circles. The rebound came out to Roche, who walked in on the far side of Gabe Winer, slipping the puck under him for the 1-0 score. Linemate Bryan Ewing also assisted on the goal.
The Minutemen did have some time on the power play in the first, sustaining pressure on the Terriers through the opening 1:22 of the hooking penalty to Ewing (7:40), but were unable to convert on both chances. Through one, shots were 17-8 in favor of the home team.
BU made it a 2-0 game with Ewing's own goal at 7:59 of the second. Dan Spang brought the puck up ice and into the zone before dropping the puck off to a waiting Roche. Ewing immediately picked up the puck and took the shot from the near circle, which was then deflected off a UMass skate for the lone goal of the stanza, his sixth of the season.
Massachusetts got on the board at 7:58 of the third, scored shorthanded with Patrick Dineen in the box for hooking, to bring the Minutemen back to within one. Matt Anderson started the play by interrupting a BU pass at the blueline and then sending it up to Chris Davis. The rookie skated in on John Curry with two Terriers following, beating the netminder five-hole for his first career shortie and seventh goal of the season.
It didn't take long for the home team to regain its two-goal cushion with MacArthur's redirection at 13:07. Ewing won the faceoff back to Jekabs Redlihs at the point, who's shot through traffic hit MacArthur and went in, making it a 3-1 game.
The Minutemen did have the opportunity to come back with 52 seconds of 5x3 late in the game, as well as UMass head coach Don Cahoon pulling Winer in the closing minutes in favor of the extra attacker, but were unable to force overtime.
Overall, shots were 38-26 in favor of the home team. Neither team converted on the power play, with UMass going 0-for-4 and BU going 0-for-7. Winer made 35 saves in his 100th career start, earning the third star of the game. It marked the third times in four games that the goalie made 35 or more saves.
UMass returns to action next weekend with Boston College at home on Friday, and the series conclusion with UMass Lowell at Tsongas Arena on Saturday. Game time for both nights is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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