Minutemen Sweep Weekend With 5-2 Win Over UMass Lowell
Feb. 4, 2006
LOWELL, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts (11-15-0, 8-11-0 Hockey East) handily defeated UMass Lowell (10-16-1, 7-12-1 HEA) by the score of 5-2 at Tsongas Arena. Sophomore P.J. Fenton had a two-goal effort, while Chris Davis, Stephen Werner, Chris Capraro, Mike Kostka and Mark Matheson each had multiple-point outings. Goalie Gabe Winer made 21 saves before being charged with a game disqualification late in the third for fighting.
The game opened with a flurry of penalties, with the first being issued just 33 seconds into the first to UMass' David Leaderer for hitting from behind. The sophomore was issued a five-minute major and game misconduct for the infraction, leaving the Minutemen down a man for five minutes. But the River Hawks couldn't stay out of the box, taking a contact to the head-roughing penalty with just 1:05 left on the UMass major. With the teams skating 4x4, UML again was called for two minutes, this time for holding at 4:48, creating a 4x3 Massachusetts advantage.
P.J. Fenton came through with his first power play goal of the season at 4:52. Chris Capraro cleanly won the faceoff at the near circle, drawing it back to Mark Matheson at the blueline. Matheson passed the puck to Degon at the far side, who one-timed it before the tip by Fenton in front of the crease. The goal was Fenton's second of the year.
The River Hawks were called for another penalty with 31 seconds remaining in the Leaderer major, again creating a UMass 4x3. However, the score remained 1-0 until 18:22 when Chris Davis connected at even-strength. Lowell skated the puck up to the neutral zone, where Capraro and Stephen Werner intercepted it. Werner pushed the puck up to Davis, who skated in with Werner 2-on-1, shooting on the near side and beating Vetri high to make it 2-0.
Jamie Solon's tripping penalty at 18:58 concluded the period. The Minutemen outshot UML 12-8.
Lowell got on the board at 3:09 of the second with Bobby Robins' tenth of the season. With traffic in front of the net, Robins was able to maneuver across the top of the crease and collect the puck, lifting it over Gabe Winer for the 2-1 score. Linemates Jason Tejchma and Jeremy Hall assisted.
Mark Roebothan was called for a five-minute major and game misconduct at 11:13 (hit from behind) to give Massachusetts another shot at regaining its two-goal cushion. Mike Kostka came up with the tally with just 24 seconds left to the infraction, his second goal of the season. Both of the sophomore's goals have come on special teams (goal one was a shorthander vs. UNH on Oct. 28). Davis and Fenton assisted.
Another UMass penalty--this time to Davis with 17.7 seconds remaining--closed out the period. Shots through two stood at 23-16 in favor of the Minutemen.
Massachusetts took a 4-1 lead at 15:51 with Werners's ninth of the season, assisted by Capraro and Kostka. Capraro skated into the zone and past the UML net before passing the puck back to Werner in front of the crease for the goal.
A barrage of penalties were then issued with 2:33 remaining, as the teams were involved in a fight down in the UMass end. Gabe Winer and Elias Godoy were both given game disqualifications for fighting, while Jamie Solon, Matt Anderson, John Wessbecker and Kevin Jarman, along with four Lowell players, were all called for hitting after the whistle (2) and game misconducts. Winer and Godoy will not be eligible to play next Friday.
Less than a minute later, UMass' Davis was sent to the box for contact to the head-roughing, affording UML a power play that they capitalized on at 18:41 (Brad King from Danny O'Brien, J.R. Bria). The Minutemen ended the scoring 13 seconds later with Fenton's second of the game, assisted by Patrick Dineen and Mark Matheson. The assist was Dineen's first-career point at UMass.
Overall, shots were 37-26 in favor of UMass. The Minutemen converted twice on seven power play opportunities, while Lowell was 1-for-7. With the win, Massachusetts avoided the season-sweep by the River Hawks, and more importantly, moved ahead of UML in the conference standings.
Play resumes next weekend with a pair on the road: at Boston University on Friday and at Providence on Saturday. Game time is set for 7 p.m. both nights.
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