Minutemen Shut Out No. 13 Vermont 3-0
Feb. 17, 2006
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts (12-17-0, 9-13-0 Hockey East) defeated Vermont (17-10-4, 9-9-4 HEA) on Friday night by the score of 3-0. Senior captain Marvin Degon had a hand in every Minuteman goal, scoring one and adding two helpers. The teams return to the ice Saturday night at the Mullins Center.
The teams skated through a scoreless first period, with shots standing at 7-3 in favor of the Catamounts after 20. Cory Quirk scored first for the Minutemen, netting his eighth of the season at 4:01. With Mark Lutz in the box for holding at 3:09, the UMass power play set up in the Vermont end and converted for the 20th time this season. Marvin Degon held the puck at the blueline and passed it down to Matt Anderson at the bottom of the far circle. Anderson passed the puck across the crease to Quirk, who scored his first PP tally of the season and second goal in as many games.
Neither team added to the scoreboard in the stanza, and shots cumulative through two were 12-5.
The Minuteman special teams clicked again five minutes into the third, with Degon's eighth power play goal of the season, his team-leading 10th goal overall. UVM's Matt Syroczynski was penalized for obstruction-interference at 4:41, affording UMass the man-advantage, and Mark Matheson passed the puck up to Degon at the blueline for the one-timer. It was the senior's first goal since Jan. 27 vs. UMass Lowell, increasing the UMass lead to 2-0.
Chris Davis nearly made it a 3-0 contest, skating in alone on netminder Joe Fallon immediately after his hitting from behind penalty expired. The sophomore goalie made the stop as well as the rebound out to the crease.
Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon called for a team timeout with 3:10 remaining in the contest, and immediately pulled the UVM goalie in favor of the extra attacker. Working for the shutout, UMass collected the empty-netter at 17:10 by Stephen Werner. His tenth goal of the season was assisted by Degon and Anderson to close out the game's scoring. The shutout was Gabe Winer's fifth career shutout and his first since blanking Princeton 4-0 on Dec. 29, 2004.
Overall, shots were 20-14 in favor of the Catamounts. UVM was afforded four power play opportunities, while UMass was 2-for-3 with the man advantage. The game marked the fourth time Massachusetts face a No. 13 team this season.
UMass and UVM return to the ice tomorrow night at the Mullins Center to conclude the season series. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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