Chris Capraro Scores Twice In 2-2 Draw With Maine
March 3, 2006
ORONO, Maine - The University of Massachusetts (13-18-2, 10-14-2 Hockey East) came away with a 2-2 tie on Friday night at Maine (23-10-2, 16-8-2 HEA), thanks to a two-goal effort by Chris Capraro and a 48-save performance by Jon Quick. The teams return to the ice Saturday night for the final regular season game of 2005-06. With UMass Lowell's win over Vermont on Friday, the River Hawks and Minutemen are tied for seventh place in the league standings, with UML holding the tiebreaker.
Jon Quick was tested off the bat by the Black Bears, but held his own while stopping all 10 shots on net in the opening 20. The Minutemen ended the period with a power play opportunity when Greg Moore was called for slashing with 56 seconds remaining in the first, but did not convert. Overall, UMass put up a total of eight shots in the stanza to Maine's 10, but neither team converted and skated to the dressing room scoreless.
The Black Bears opened the scoring at 12:24 of the second with Bret Tyler's sixth of the season. Bellamy's centering pass connected with the defensemen, beating Quick for the one-goal lead. The goal would be the first of three scored in a two minute-39 second span at Alfond Arena.
The Minutemen fought back with a goal at 14:35, the tally being credited to Chris Capraro, his fifth of the season. Chris Davis initially took the puck into the zone and passed it to Stephen Werner, who kept it and cycled down behind the Maine net. With most players from both teams in front of the crease, Capraro collected the pass from Mike Kostka and pushed it past Ben Bishop to even things up.
Maine's Jon Jankus regained the home lead just 28 seconds later with his seventh of the season. The senior skated the puck up the far side boards and walked in on Quick, beating him high for the 2-1 score at 15:03. Bellamy collected his second assist of the night.
Maine poured on the pressure from that point, outshooting UMass 24-5 in the period. Through two, shots were 34-13 Maine. In spite of this and a Black Bear power play, Massachusetts held on and went into the final period with the one-goal deficit.
With 3:59 remaining in the contest, Maine's Michel Leveille was called for goaltender interference, affording the Minutemen their third power play of the game. Capraro connected for the second time in the game, tying it up at two apiece at 17:02. Mark Matheson held the puck at the blueline, passing it to Marvin Degon at the point. Degon's pass went cleanly down to Capraro at the near circle, who beat Bishop for the second time.
Neither team scored through the remainder of regulation, or into the five-minute overtime.
Overall, shots were 50-24 in favor of the home team. The Minutemen were 1-for-3 with the man advantage, while the Black Bears were 0-for-1 on the power play.
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