Minutemen Upset No. 3-Ranked Black Bears, 4-2
Feb. 21, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Freshman forward Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) scored two goals, and Tim Turner (Saginaw, Mich.) and Marvin Degon (Millbury, Mass.) tallied two assists to lead the University of Massachusetts to a 4-2 decision over No. 3-ranked Maine Friday night at the Mullins Center. The win moves UMass record back above .500 at 16-15-1 overall and 9-13-0 in Hockey East. The nine Hockey East wins are a school record.
The Minutemen wasted little time keeping the eighth-largest crowd in school history (5,084) in the contest. On the game's first power play, junior defenseman Thomas Pock (Klaenfurt, Austria) tallied the first goal of the game on a UMass power play when he rifled a shot from just inside the blue line that snuck to the low right post past Maine goalie Jim Howard. Howard was sliding to cover the far post, as Pöck shot it back to the right. Pöck's netter, which was assisted by Degon and Turner, gave the Minutemen an early 1-0 lead 4:40 into the first period. Maine came back to the tie the game at the 10:12 mark when Francis Nault was able to score with on a power-play blast of his own that caught the top right corner just under the crossbar. Greg Moore and Martin Kariya assisted on the goal.
But UMass took the lead for good six minutes later when freshman Chris Capraro netted a top-shelf goal that floated past Howard's glove, who was caught out of position following a scramble in front of the net. The goal, Capraro's sixth of the year, was assisted by Turner and Degon again at the 16:17 mark for a 2-1 advantage.
The score remained 2-1 until the closing seconds of the second period when Werner scored on a 4-on-4 breakaway as he slid the puck under Howard's legs for a 3-1 cushion. Mike Warner (Waltham, Mass.), who hit a streaking Werner at the Maine blue line, and Jeff Lang (Westwood, Mass.) assisted on the goal.
Werner increased UMass' lead at 9:35 in the third period when he scored on a pretty backhanded shot from the left slot that clanged off the top post and fell beyond the goal line for a 4-1 lead. Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) and Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.) tallied assists on the play. Maine's Chris Heisten narrowed the margin to 4-2 at the 14:43 mark when he rebounded a Derek Damon shot, that Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) initially saved. Heisten flipped the puck top shelf above Winer, who was caught out of position by the first shot. Colin Shields also assisted on the score.
The Minutemen outshot the Black Bears, 31-30, and Winer made 28 saves in the nets for UMass. The two teams will square off again on Saturday night for Senior Night at the Mullins Center. Senior co-captains Tim Turner and Kelly Sickavish (North Vancouver, B.C.) will be honored before the game.