Eagles Too Much For Minutemen, 5-2
Feb. 13, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The No. 13-ranked University of Massachusetts hockey team let an early lead slip away, and top-ranked Boston College scored three goals in a span of 5:12 in the first period en route to a 5-2 victory over the Minutemen. The loss drops UMass' record to 16-7-5 overall, and 12-5-2 in Hockey East. Boston College, which remains in first place in Hockey East with the victory, improved to 22-3-4 overall and 13-1-3 in Hockey East.
The Minutemen got on the board first when UMass went on a shorthanded 2-on-1 break with Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) and James Solon (Acton, Mass.). Solon fed Mauldin in front of the net. Mauldin waited patiently getting BC goalie Matti Kaltiainen to commit and lifted a shot just under the crossbar for his seventh goal of the year to cause the sellout crowd of 8,373 to erupt at the 9:40 mark. However, BC countered on the same power play when Greg Lauze poked home a loose puck just inside the right post that barely trickled past the line at the 10:50 mark to tie the game at one. The Eagles continued the pressure in the first period and caught the Minutemen out of position on their next two goals. Joe Rooney lifted a shot past Gabe Winer's (Stoughton, Mass.) shoulder on a partial breakaway at the 12:37 mark and J.D. Forrest was left all alone in front of the net and rifled a shot past Winer at the 16:02 mark for a 3-1 lead.
The lead grew to 4-1 9:05 into the second period when Justin Dziama slid a shot into the back of the net during a pile-up in which cirtually every person on the ice, except BC netminder Matti Kaltiainen, was piled up in front of the net. The UMass crowd got back into it when Mauldin tallied his second goal of the game, and eighth of the season, when he fired a low, hard shot from a near-impossible angle at the 12:39 mark. Kaltiainen stacked his pads, but the puck trickled through to cut the Eagles' margin to 4-2. Marvin Degon (Millbury, Mass.) assisted on the goal. The Minutemen had several good opportunities turned aside late in the frame, but finished the period on two successive power plays, the final called with one second left on the clock in the second period, that would carry over to the third stanza.
The Eagles salted the game away just 4:16 into the third period when Dave Spina tipped in a Ryan Shannon shot to push the lead to 5-2. UMass could get no closer, going 0-for-6 on the power play and being outshot, 35-23, by the Eagles. Winer made 30 saves for UMass.
UMass will travel to Boston College for an 8:00 p.m. faceoff tomorrow night. Its next home game is against Hockey East rival Boston University on Feb. 21, at the Mullins Center. For ticket information, call the UMass Ticket Office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX.