Matheson's Late Goal Rallies Minutemen
Feb. 21, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts hockey team scored a late power-play goal in the third period to tie Boston University, 2-2, in front of the eighth-largest crowd in school history. The tie, which ends a four-game losing streak, moves UMass' record to 16-9-6 overall, and 12-7-3 in Hockey East.
Both teams' goalies stood up to the challenge early, as UMass was the aggressor. The Minutemen had five shots on BU goalie Sean Fields in the first nine minutes, but the senior turned them all away. Meanwhile, Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) had only two shots on him in the first 10 minutes, and kicked them both away. The Minutemen then got on the board first late in the first frame, when Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) took a cross-ice feed through traffic and slid a shot from in front to the left post past Fields' glove for a 1-0 advantage. Tim Vitek (Dresden, Ontario) fed Mauldin with the pass and Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.) also assisted on the goal.
Despite the Minutemen dominating the game territorially, Boston University tied the game at 6:41 of the second period when Kenny Roche one-timed a Sean Sullivan pass from in front past Winer's glove just inside the left post to tie the contest at 1-1. Ryan Whitney also assisted on the goal. Boston University took a 2-1 advantage at 13:42 when Ryan Whitney took a loose puck from a feed by Brian McConnell and lasered a shot past Winer's shoulder for a power-play netter, BU's fifth of the series. Mark Mullen also assisted on the goal.
Neither team mounted much of a threat in the first half of the third period. The Terriers went on the lone power play of the stanza early on, but the Minutemen killed it off without any further harm. The Minutemen recorded its first shot on goal 13 minutes into the period, moments after Winer made two huge saves to keep the Minutemen within striking distance. The Minutemen had one more great opportunity late in the game when Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) drew a hooking penalty with 3:32 to play giving the Minutemen their third power play of the game. The Minutemen capitalized when Mark Matheson (Calgary, Alberta) one-timed a Nick Kuiper (Beaconsfield, Quebec) feed that clanged off the pipes and into the back of the net for the game-tying goal at the 18:11 mark. Werner also assisted on the goal. However, the Minutemen took a late penalty to give the Terriers a power play heading into overtime. The Minutemen killed off the power play with no shots on goal allowed, setting up the final three minutes of overtime.
UMass will take off next weekend before concluding the regular season with a home-and-home against Northeastern. The Minutemen will travel to Northeastern on Friday, March 5, before hosting the Huskies on Saturday, March 6, for senior night. Both games start at 7:00 p.m. The Minutemen will then host a Hockey East Quarterfinal series for the first time ever the following week from March 11-14. For ticket information, call the UMass Ticket Office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX.