Quick Slows Down No. 3 BC Eagles, As UMass Wins 3-2
Feb. 3, 2006
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts (10-15-0, 7-11-0 Hockey East) upset the No. 3 Boston College Eagles (17-6-2, 15-4-1 HEA) on Friday night by the score of 3-2 in front of 7,132 fans at the Mullins Center. The stars of the night were Jon Quick, who made 47 saves in net, and Jamie Solon, who came up with UMass' gamewinner midway through the third period. The win marked the fifth time this season that the Minutemen have beaten a ranked team, and second time they have defeated the nation's No. 3 team.
The Eagles held an impressive 20-7 edge in shots in the first, but neither team converted in the period. The Minutemen successfully killed off all three UMass penalties, while freshman Jon Quick, who was in net for the first time since Jan. 13 at UMass Lowell, was solid between the pipes. The Hamden, Conn. native held off BC on a partial breakaway at the tail end of a power play, and stopped five point-blank shots at the top of the crease.
The Minutemen opened up the scoring in the second with Stephen Werner's eighth goal of the season. Scott Crowder made the pass to Werner between the circles, who skated in at the end of his shift and shot high. The puck hit high in the net and immediately bounced out, but after deliberation with the goal judge, it was allowed by referee Peter Feola. Marvin Degon also assisted on the tally.
Cory Quirk made it a 2-0 game at 8:12, assisted by Alex Berry and P.J. Fenton. The goal was Quirk's first since Jan. 13 at UML, while the assist was Berry's first collegiate point, Fenton's first since Jan. 7 vs. Merrimack. Fenton fed the puck up to Berry, who's initial shot from the outside of the near circle rebounded out. Quirk was waiting to the right of Schneider and stuffed it home for his sixth of the season.
The teams skated through the remainder of the period with the 2-0 score. Shots were 28-18 through the opening 40 minutes.
Boston College could not be kept off the board much longer, finally scoring on the power play at 7:51. Peter Harrold made the pass across the crease to Brian Boyle, who beat Quick on the far side for his 12th of the season. Brett Motherwell also assisted on the PP goal.
Jamie Solon regained the two-goal lead for the Minutemen at 9:59, his sixth goal of the season and fourth in six games. Matt Anderson made the pass up to his linemate, who scored on the stick-side of Schneider. Kevin Jarman was also credited with an assist on the tally, Solon's first-career vs. the Eagles.
BC came back 1:31 later with Chris Collins' 22nd goal of 2005-06. With traffic in front of Quick, Collins connected on the far side, the pass coming from Boyle again through the crease. Stephen Giona added an assist on the goal, which brought Collins' career points total to 100.
Five penalties were called in the remainder of the game, including a tripping call on UMass' Chris Davis with 2:17 left on the clock. Cory Schneider was pulled with 1:32 remaining, making it a 6x4 advantage for the Eagles. Quick and the Minuteman defense held strong for the 3-2 victory, their first over BC since Jan. 3, 2003 (at Conte Forum). The Eagles had had a 16-game winning streak at the Mullins Center prior to Friday night, with the last Massachusetts win at home coming on Jan. 7, 1995.
Overall, shots were 49-29 in favor of the visitors. Both teams were afforded seven power play opportunities, with BC converting once.
The Minutemen return to action Saturday night at Lowell. The game will conclude the season-series with the River Hawks. Game time at Tsongas Arena is set for 7 p.m.
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