Late Goal Ends UMass Bid For Sweep
Feb. 8, 2003
Feb. 8, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass Lowell outshot the Minutemen, 35-19, and got a third-period goal from Ben Walter just over 12 minutes in to deal UMass a 3-2 defeat on Saturday night. The loss was UMass' fifth in a row and drops the Minutemen's record to 14-15-1 overall and 8-13-0 in Hockey East.
The River Hawks got on the board first in the opening 20 minutes after a UMass turnover in its own defensive zone cost the Minutemen. Elias Godoy was the recipient of the goal as Stephen Slonina dished a pass from behind the net to Godoy, who sniped a shot top-shelf at the 6:06 mark for a 1-0 lead. Mark Concannon assisted on the goal.
However, the Minutemen would score the next two goals to grab a 2-1 advantage. Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season just over four minutes after UML had taken the lead. Mauldin streaked down the left side and lifted a shot past UML goalkeeper Dominic Smart from a tough angle to tie the game one. The goal was assisted by freshmen Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) and Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.). UMass would grab a 2-1 advantage at the 3:54 mark of the second period on Josh Hanson's (Medford, Mass.) second goal of the season. Hanson took a pass from Jeff Lang (Westwood, Mass.) and brought the puck down the right side of the ice. Hanson let a wrister go that clanged off the far-side left post and deflected into the net.
But UMass Lowell would answer 10 minutes later. Ed McGrane let a slapshot go from just inside the blue-line that got past a screened Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) to the top right corner of the net to notch the game at two each. The power-play goal was McGrane's 16th of the season.
The River Hawks then got the game-winner at the 12:17 mark of the third period as Ben Walter found the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season. Walter was denied once from point-blank range, but stayed with the play and flipped a knuckler over a sprawled-out Winer, who was scrambling to cover the puck. The goal was assisted by Darryl Green and Mark Concannon. Concannon had a hand in all three UMass Lowell goals, recording three assists on the evening. The River Hawks outshot UMass, 35-19, but the Minutemen stayed in the game thanks to Winer's goaltending, who made a career-high 32 saves.
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