Minutemen Have No Answer For Red-Hot Eagles
Jan. 31, 2003
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College came out on fire and continued the offensive onslaught the entire game in dominating the Minutemen, 9-0, on Friday night at Conte Forum. The loss drops UMass' record to 14-12-1 overall and 8-10-0 in Hockey East.
Boston College wasted little time getting on the board. Justin Dziama picked up a loose puck in the left slot and slid a past past UMass goalie Michael Waidlich's (Millers Falls, Mass.) skate to the right post just 2:53 in to grab a 1-0 lead. The Eagles then went back on the attack and used a UMass power play to tally two shorthanded goals. The first came when the Eagles forced a turnover in the UMass zone and came away on a 2-on-1 break. J.J. Forrest found the back of the net from the right slot after a perfect pass from Dave Spina at the 12:59 mark. B.C. then took a 3-0 advantage on its second shorthanded goal of the UMass power play when the Eagles executed a 3-on-1 break, this time finished off by Ben Eaves. Boston College would add two more in the final four minutes for a 5-0 lead after one period.
The Eagles went up 6-0 after nearly four minutes of power-play time consecutively. Chris Collins knocked home a rebound with assists from John Adams and Spina at the 12:37 mark for BC's fourth special-teams goal of the evening. UMass then had a 5-on-3 power play moments after BC's sixth goal, but couldn't break through and the Minutemen remained scoreless. The Eagles added to the cushion at the 16:47 mark with their third power-play marker of the night for a 7-0 advantage, this one by Voce.
Boston College took an 8-0 lead when Stephen Gionta redirected a soft floater in front of the net at the 4:20 mark. The goal was assisted by Eaves and Voce. Gionta would tally his second goal of the night moments later at the 7:42 mark with an assist by Eaves. The assist was Eaves sixth point of the evening. The Eagles dominated the entire game, outshooting the Minutemen, 33 to 14, and held the UMass scoreless on three power plays, while scoring on 3-of-8 opportunities themselves.
UMass stays on the road for its second-to-last road game of the year with a 7:00 p.m. game at Providence on Feb. 1. The Minutemen will return to the friendly confines of the Mullins Center for five games during the month of February after Saturday's game at Providence.