Minutemen Fall Victim To BU's 10-Game Win Streak, Lose 3-0
Feb. 10, 2006
BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts (11-16-0, 8-12-0 Hockey East) fell to the No. 6 Boston University Terriers on Friday night by the score of 3-0. The Minutemen gave up one goal in the first and two in the third for their second loss of the season at Agganis Arena. UMass returns to action Saturday night at Providence College.
Kenny Roche drew the first goal of the game, giving the Terriers the 1-0 lead at 15:15. Bryan Ewing had the puck along the near boards before drawing it back to Pete MacArthur. MacArthur's initial shot rebounded out back to Roche, who corralled it and carried it to the far side of the crease. With Jon Quick down, Roche flipped the puck over the UMass netminder for his eleventh goal of the season.
The Minutemen were afforded two power play opportunities, but could not convert, and the teams skated through the remainder of the period 1-0. Overall, shots were 11-8 in favor of the home team.
UMass successfully killed off BU's first power play opportunity just 23 seconds into the second to keep the game within a goal. Massachusetts' penalty killing has enjoyed much success in the last five games, killing off 21 of 24 in the four games prior to Friday for an 87.5% success rate.
The teams skated through a scoreless second, with shots standing at 26-12 in favor of the Terriers through two.
Boston University's Eric Thomassian came up with his fourth of the season at 3:36 to open the two-goal lead for the Terriers. Sean Sullivan brought the puck up ice and took a shot from outside the near circle, which rebounded out to Brad Zancanaro. Zancanaro's shot from the top of the crease was saved as well, but bounced back to Thomassian who slipped it between Quick's skate and the post.
Roche claimed his second of the game at 14:36 to make it a 3-0 game for BU, assisted by MacArthur and Dan Spang. MacArthur left a drop pass for Roche, who beat Quick high for the tally. The goal closed out the scoring for the game.
Overall, shots were 43-19 in favor of the Terriers. Jon Quick made 40 saves in the contest, earning him the ITech third star of the game. The 40 saves ranks No. 3 for Quick on the season. Neither team scored on the power play, with UMass going 0-for-3, BU going 0-for-1.
The Minutemen return to action Saturday night when they face No. 13 Providence College on the road. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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