Minutemen Struggle in 6-1 Loss
Feb. 20, 2004
BOSTON - Boston University's power play connected for four power-play goals and the Terriers scored six unanswered goals to defeat the 14th-ranked University of Massachusetts hockey team, 6-1. The loss, UMass' fourth in a row, drops the Minutemen's record to 16-9-5 overall and 12-7-2 in Hockey East.
The Minutemen used a strong forecheck to tally the first goal of the game. Garrett Summerfield (Endicott, N.Y.) picked up a loose puck in the Terriers' zone, and flipped a shot past Sean Fields' glove top-shelf at the 8:02 mark for a 1-0 advantage. The goal was Summerfield's third of the season. However, Boston University tied the game just 1:40 later when Brian McConnell camped in front of UMass' Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) and took a Bryan Miller pass from outside the left face-off circle and tapped the puck easily into the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season. The Terriers took a 2-1 lead just under two minutes later when BU's leading scorer Ryan Whitney took a Mark Mullen pass and one-timed a shot off the pipes for a power-play tally at the 11:34 mark. Winer, however, maybe made the two biggest saves of the game 16 minutes into the frame when Tony Zancanaro came in with a teammate on a 2-on-0 break, but Winer stoned them both to keep the Minutemen within striking deistance. The Minutemen escaped further damage in the first period, when Winer made several great saves on the Terriers' second power play of the game.
The Terriers added to the lead at the 8:22 mark with its second power-play netter of the game. McConnell netted his second goal of the contest when he tipped in a Kevin Schaeffer blast from the point for a 3-1 advantage. David Van der Gulik also assisted on the goal. Meanwhile, the UMass power play continued its struggles as the Terriers killed off UMass' second chance shortly after the goal. The Terriers then put the nail in the coffin on McConnell's first career hat trick with yet another power-play tally at the 19:43 mark. Miller and Mullen were credited with assists on the goal. It also marked the second straight game that UMass has given up a hat trick, as Boston College's Patrick Eaves accomplished the feat in last Saturday night's 6-1 Eagle victory.
The Terriers then pushed the lead to 5-1 with their fourth power-play goal of the contest when Gregg Johnson took a cross-ice pass from Whitney and lifted a shot top-shelf past a sprawling Winer at the 2:13 mark. After killing off a BU power play, the Terriers made the score 6-1 when Kenny Magowan batted in a rebound past Winer at the 6:02 mark with assists credited to Skladeny and Sean Sullivan. The Minutemen had a power-play chance to cut into the lead midway through the third period, but couldn't capitalize. With the failed extra-man chance, the Minutemen have gone 19 straight power plays without a goal.
UMass will take on Boston University on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the Mullins Center. For ticket information, call the UMass ticket office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX. The Minutemen have next weekend off, before concluding the regular season with a home-and-home series against Northeastern, with Saturday's game being the home game.
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