Eagles Use Quick Goals To Top Minutemen, 6-1
Feb. 14, 2004
BOSTON - The No. 1-ranked Boston College Eagles tallied pairs of goals 13 and 27 seconds apart in the first period to jump out to a quick lead and cruise past the 13th-ranked Minutemen, 6-1. The loss drops UMass' record to 16-8-5 overall and 12-6-2 in Hockey East.
The Minutemen took the game's first penalty, which the Eagles' power play converted at the 5:27 mark when Patrick Eaves tipped in a J.D. Forrest blast from just inside the blue-line, just 21 seconds after gaining the extra-man advantage. Tony Voce also assisted on the power-play netter, Eaves' 10th goal of the season. Just 13 seconds after the power-play tally, the Eagles went up 2-0 when Ned Havern took a Peter Harrold feed and wristed a low slapshot from the left slot for his sixth goal of the year. Boston College made it 3-0 on another Eaves' power-play goal, with assists to Voce and Forrest at exactly 15 minutes into the first period. The Eagles then needed only 27 seconds to tack onto the lead when Ryan Shannon one-timed a feed from behind the net at the 15:27 mark to push the margin to 4-0. Dave Spina also assisted on the goal.
After an uneventful first 10 minutes of the second period in which the two teams played even, the Minutemen cut into the lead when Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) received a drop pass from John Luszcz (Ludlow, Mass.) and fired a wrist shot from outsdide the right face-off circle that clanged off the left post past Matti Kaltiainen's stick to trim the Eagles' lead to 4-1. The goal, which came at the 14:40 mark, was Werner's sixth of the season. Boston College pushed the lead back to four goals after Eaves was left alone in front of the net, received a feed from Voce, and lifted a one-timer top-shelf past Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.). The goal came at the 19:08 mark and was Eaves' first career hat trick.
The Eagles struck again at the 9:10 mark in the third stanza, when Voce received a pretty pass from Eaves on a strong cycle. Voce took the pass just inside the blue-line, shook his defender and lifted a shot along the right doorstop just under the crossbar for a 6-1 advantage. The Eagles outshot the Minutemen, 29-16. The Eagles also committed only four penalties, while UMass had 10 penalties. Boston College was 2-for-7 on the power play, while the Minutemen were 0-for-1.
UMass will take on Boston University in a key home-and-home series next weekend. On Friday night, the Minutemen head to Boston's Walter Brown Arena for a 7:00 p.m. face-off. Saturday, UMass will host the Terriers at 7:00 p.m. at the Mullins Center. For ticket information, call the UMass ticket office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX.