Minutemen And Huskies Tie 2-2, Return To The Ice Saturday
Feb. 24, 2006
BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts (12-18-1, 9-14-1 Hockey East) earned its first tie of the season Friday night with a 2-2 draw at Northeastern (3-21-7, 3-14-7 HEA). The Minutemen can secure a berth in the league playoffs with at least one point again Saturday night at the Mullins Center.
Mark Matheson put the Minutemen on the board first, netting his second power play goal of the year at 8:37. With NU's Yale Lewis in the box for obstruction-interference, Marvin Degon and Matheson kept the puck at the blueline before a pass down to Chris Capraro at the far circle. Capraro passed the puck back up to Matheson, whose shot went over Adam Garagosian's glove. The goal sets a season-high for Matheson (3), while setting a new season-high for Hockey East assists for Degon.
The Huskies answered at 12:56 with Joe Santilli's fourth of the season. Linemates Joe Vitale and Bryan Esner assisted on the tally, with the goal coming from the bottom of the near circle.
Through one, shots were 10-6 in favor of Northeastern. UMass was 1-for-2 on the power play, while NU was unsuccessful on their one opportunity.
While neither team broke the 1-1 tie in the second, the Minutemen did even out the shots, taking nine to NU's five for a two-period total of 15 apiece.
After a five-minute hitting from behind call to the Huskies at 3:20 of the third, the UMass power play converted for the second time in the game. P.J. Fenton was credited with his fourth of the season after collecting the rebound of a Chris Davis shot. Mike Kostka also was credited with an assist on the play.
But Northeastern again tied it up at 12:29 with Dennis McCauley's seventh of the season. Gabe Winer was down with traffic in front of the net before the whistle was called for the tying goal. Josh Robertson and Lewis were credited with assists.
Neither team scored through the remainder of the contest or through the five minutes of overtime. Shots were 36-30 in favor of the home team. UMass' special teams were highly successful on the night, going 2-for-6 on the power play and a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.
The season series will conclude Saturday night at the Mullins Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m. UMass' four seniors, Marvin Degon, Jamie Solon, Stephen Werner and Gabe Winer, will be honored prior to the opening faceoff.
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