No. 8 New Hampshire Takes Down Hockey 6-1
Feb. 12, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - The Minutemen hockey team fell to No. 8 New Hampshire on Saturday night at the Mullins Center by the score of 6-1. Freshman P.J. Fenton (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored for the second-straight game to put UMass up 1-0 early on, but UNH came back to score six unanswered goals for the win. UNH swept the season with the Minutemen 3-0.
Massachusetts (11-18-2, 5-13-2 Hockey East) broke open the scoring at 12:42 of the first when the line of Fenton-MacDonald-Burto came alive for the third-straight game. With traffic in front of the UNH net, Fenton was able to come away with the goal and is now tied for the team lead in points (22). Senior Craig MacDonald (Canton, Mass.) and rookie Matt Burto (Orange, Conn.) assisted on the goal. That line has been responsible for four goals and five assists in the last three games.
New Hampshire's Mike Radja tied the game at 17:19, beating Michael Waidlich (Millers Falls, Mass.) with the equalizer. The goal was assisted by Matt Fornataro and Josh Ciocco. The tie stood through the remainder of the period.
UMass held a 19-8 advantage in shots in the first.
UNH broke through in the second, scoring three goals for the 4-1 edge. The first came just 1:35 into the period from Brad Flaishans. Ciocco picked up his second assist of the night.
With Jacob Mikflikier breaking away under two minutes later, Waidlich came out of his crease and attempted to intercept him between the circles, but Mikflikier was able to slide the puck in for the 3-1 lead. The goal--scored at 2:53--was assisted by Justin Aikens and Daniel Winnik.
The Wildcats made it 4-1 with Brett Hemingway's 18th goal of the season at 13:56 from Sean Collins.
At the close of the period, shots were 27-18 UMass.
New Hampshire added two goals in the third--a Micflikier unassisted score and a tally for Josh Ciocco from Brad Flaishans and Chris Murray--for the 6-1 win. Jamie Gilbert (Lewiston, Maine) came in for the last 5:56 of play and made two saves, allowing one goal.
UMass was 0-for-2 on the power play; UNH was 0-for-4. Waidlich made 20 saves in net and Kevin Regan made 34 saves on the other end.
Prior to the game, senior Peter Trovato was honored as one of the five finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian award - given nationally to "college hockey's finest citizen" - as selected from all divisions, men's and women's, of NCAA hockey.
The Minutemen will return to action on Friday, Feb. 18 when they host Boston University in the Mullins Center. The opening face-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. The game will be carried regionally by NESN. =