Minutemen Can't Hold Early Lead Against Friars
Feb. 1, 2003
Providence scored four unanswered goals to overcame a 3-1 first-period deficit and deal the Minutemen a 5-3 defeat Saturday night at Schneider Arena. The Minutemen have now lost three in a row and their record stands at 14-13-1 overall and 8-11-0 in Hockey East play.
The Friars took an early 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Jon DiSalvatore just 46 seconds in. But theMinutemen responded moments later when Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) rebounded a Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.) and flipped the puck just inside the right post at the 4:41 mark to tie the game at 1-1. The goal was also assisted by Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.). The goal was Pöck's 13th of the season. UMass then took a 2-1 lead at the 9:07 mark on a beautifully-designed play. Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.) dropped off the puck to a streaking Mike Warner (Waltham, Mass.), who took the puck towards Providence goalie Nolan Schaeffer, who then fed the puck to Tim Turner (Saginaw, Mich.), who beat a diving Schaeffer inside the right post. The goal was Turner's 13th of the season, and made him the sixth player in school history to record 100 points. UMass pushed the lead to 3-1 on a 5-on-3 power-play goal at the 12:43 mark. Mauldin sniped a low shot through traffic from the point that beat Schaeffer glove side for his 15th goal of the season. Pöck and Capraro assisted on the goal. Providence, however, answered with a pair of goals just 25 seconds apart late in the period to knot the game at 3-3.
Neither team mounted much of an offensive attack in the early part of the second period, but the Minutemen had the best opportunity. UMass went on successive two- and five-minute power plays midway through the period. UMass couldn't set up in the Providence zone on either of the extra-man opportunities, and the Minuteman power play was ended on a penalty at the 14:45 mark. The Friars took a 4-3 lead when Devin Rask scored on a breakaway with just 1:04 to play in the period.
UMass turned up the heat offensively in the third period, starting to get the puck to the net, but couldn't break through past Schaeffer, as the senior goalie turned away every UMass challenge. Providence then got all the insurance it needed at the 17:32 mark of the third period when Peter Fregoe scored his 15th goal of the season to give Providence a 5-3 advantage. UMass pulled goalie Tim Warner (Waltham, Mass.) with a little over a minute to play, but couldn't cut into the Friars' lead.
The Minutemen return home for the next month with five consecutive home games. On Friday, Feb. 7, UMass takes on nationally-ranked Boston University in a key Hockey East showdown. The two teams are neck-and-neck for the fourth and final home site for the Hockey East quarterfinals.