Minutemen Drops 2-0 Decision To Terriers
Feb. 7, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - A season-high 6,286 fans saw UMass outshoot Boston University, 25-19, but fail to get anything going offensively, as the Minutemen dropped their fourth straight game, 2-0, on Friday night at the Mullins Center. UMass drops to 14-14-1 overall and 8-12-0 in Hockey East heading into Saturday's tilt with UMass Lowell at the Mullins Center.
The third-largest crowd in school history opened the game on its feet, but Boston University quieted it quickly. BU took full advantage of the game's first power play, scoring at the 5:12 mark of the first period. John Sabo was stopped from point-blank range, but Sean Collins picked up the loose puck in front of UMass goalie Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.), and was stopped once, but slid home a shot weak-side off his own rebound for his seventh goal of the year.
UMass nearly tied the game moments later when Jeff Lang (Westwood, Mass.) fired a shot off the post from the right slot. The game was delayed momentarily as the officials reviewed the play, and waved off the goal to keep the Terrier lead at 1-0, which was the score at the end of the first period.
The Terriers took a 2-0 lead when Mark Mullen used his speed and swooped in and flipped a backhanded shot top-shelf over Winer's stick at the 4:37 mark of the second period. The goal, Mullen's eighth of the season, was unassisted. UMass appeared to gain momentum after the BU goal, but Sean Fields held the Minutemen at bay, stopping all 11 shots in the period as the Minutemen became the aggressors.
Midway through the third period, UMass may have had its best chance to cut into the Terrier lead. On a power-play, Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.) was left alone in the right slot, and was fed a perfect pass from Tim Turner (Saginaw, Mich.). Capraro appeared to slam the puck inside the left post. However, after the officials reviewed the play, the goal was waved off. UMass also had a one-minute 5-on-3 power play early in the third period that the Minutemen couldn't convert on. UMass went scoreless on six power-play opportunities on the evening. The Minutemen pulled Winer with over a minute left, but couldn't solve Fields, who posted his fourth shutout of the season, stopping all 25 UMass shots.