UMass Hockey Defeats Northeastern 2-1 In Home Finale
March 4, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - On the strength of two third period goals, the University of Massachusetts hockey team defeated Northeastern 2-1 on Friday night in the Mullins Center. Sophomore Kevin Jarman and junior Stephen Werner each scored to lead the Minutemen.
Seven UMass seniors played in their final game at the Mullins Center on Friday evening and were honored prior to the opening faceoff: Dusty Demianiuk (Franklin, Mass.), Jeff Lang (Westwood, Mass.), Craig MacDonald (Canton, Mass.), Sean Regan (South Boston, Mass.), Peter Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.), Tim Vitek (Dresden, Ontario), Tim Warner (Waltham, Mass.).
Massachusetts (13-20-2, 6-15-2 Hockey East) and Northeastern played in an uneventful opening period, with both teams being held scoreless. UMass' Sean Regan (South Boston, Mass.) and NU's Jared Mudryk were called for coincidental roughing penalties at 17:12 for the only infractions of the first. Shots were 10-6 in favor of the home team.
The Huskies (14-16-5, 9-10-4 Hockey East) got their first power play opportunity at 9:32 of the second with Stephen Jacobs (Westminster, Mass.) being called for roughing. NU nearly opened up a one-goal lead twice in the two minutes--hitting a post early on and having a goal disallowed for being kicked in--but the Minutemen penalty kill kept the game scoreless.
UMass also went 0-for-1 with the man advantage in the second when Tim Judy was called for obstruction-interference at 13:13, but was unable to convert. Neither team got on the board through 40 minutes of play and at the end of two, the Minutemen held a 24-13 advantage in shots.
Kevin Jarman (Aurora, Ont.) finally put the Minutemen on the board 1:39 into the third, taking a rebound from linemate James Solon (Acton, Mass.) and beating Adam Geragosian. Obi Aduba (Walpole, Mass.) also assisted on the goal. Jarman is riding a three-game scoring streak (2-1-3).
The Minutemen opened up a two-goal lead at 12:44 with Stephen Werner's (Chevy Chase, Md.) team-leading 13th goal of the season. Zech Klann (Pottstown, Pa.) fired a shot into Geragosian, who was unable to control the rebound.
With one second remaining in the game and Northeastern having pulled its goalie for the extra skater, Jason Guerriero connected to spoil the Minutemen's shutout. Guerriero took a pass from Tim Rudy and rifled a low skipping shot into the bottom right corner of the net for the only Husky score of the game.
UMass finished the game with a 40-to-25 advantage in shots, including 16 in the third period. Neither team was able to convert on power play situations as UMass was 0-for-4 and NU was 0-for-2.
Junior Gabe Winer made 24 saves in the net allowing the one goal at the 59:59 mark. Geragosian made 38 saves but gave up the two late goals.
Prior to the game, UMass honored equipment manager Pete Stoneham who will step down after this season from the position. "Stoney" as he is known to all involved with the UMass hockey family, has made major contributions to the program first as the team's liason with the "Pond Club" and in his current role. His passion and dedication to the student-athletes who don the Maroon & White will be missed.
Massachusetts and Northeastern will face off again tomorrow night in Boston in both team's regular season finale. The game is slated for a 7:00 p.m. start in Matthews Arena.