Boston University Blanks Hockey, 3-0
Feb. 18, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts fell to No. 11 Boston University on Friday night, 3-0 in front of 4,558 fans at the Mullins Center.
Chris Bourque scored twice and John Curry posted his first career shutout in the win.
The Minutemen (11-19-2, 5-14-2 Hockey East) were quickly down a man when senior Peter Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.) was called for roughing-contact to the head just 10 seconds into the contest. The Terriers' (19-10-3, 13-4-2 Hockey East) Brian McConnell capitalized at 1:16, beating Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) in his first game back since Feb. 5 at Merrimack. Chris Bourque and Bryan Miller assisted on the opening tally.
UMass had its own power play opportunities late in the first--including 12 seconds of a 5-on-3--but was unable to convert and the teams went into the locker room with the 1-0 B.U. advantage. Shots were even at 10 apiece in the opening period.
The Massachusetts defense put on a show in the second, keeping the Terriers off the board thorough 1:29 of a 5-on-3 power play. Winer made seven saves in that span, including four from right above the crease.
But Boston University put up a two-goal lead at 14:05 while on the penalty kill when Bourque lit the lamp, grabbing his second point of the night. Linemates McConnell and Miller assisted on the shorthander. Neither team scored in the waning minutes of the second. At the end of two, shots were 22-18 in favor of the Minutemen.
Bourque added a power play goal at 12:36--his second special teams tally--for the 3-0 lead. Dave Van der Gulik and Miller assisted on the goal.
At the end of regulation, shots were 29-25 in favor of Massachusetts. UMass was 0-for-6 on the power play; B.U. was 2-for-6.
The teams meet again tomorrow night in Boston. It will be the first trip to the new Agganis Arena for the Minutemen. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Game notes: Peter Trovato played in his 139th career game at UMass on Friday, shattering Jeff Blanchard's (1996-2000) then-school record 138 game stretch ... Friday was Whiteout Night at the Mullins Center ... Gab e Winer played his first game since Merrimack (2/5) due to injury.
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