Maine Downs Massachusetts 5-3
March 4, 2006
ORONO, Maine - The University of Massachusetts (13-19-2, 10-15-2 Hockey East) dropped its final regular season game on Saturday night by the score of 5-3 to Maine (24-10-2, 17-8-2 HEA). The Minutemen will occupy the No. 8 spot in the league tournament, and will face Boston University in the opening round best-of-three set to begin on Friday.
The Black Bears jumped out to a quick two-goal lead, scoring twice in a 28-second span within the opening four minutes of the game. Greg Moore started the scoring at 2:53 on the opening power play, tipped off of a shot by Michel Léveillé from the blueline. Josh Soares also assisted. Rob Bellamy made it 2-0 just 28 seconds later with an even-strength goal, assisted by Jon Jankus and Brent Shepheard.
The Maine power play continued to pour it on, scoring for the second time at 12:17 while on a 5x3. Both Marvin Degon and David Leaderer were in the box for hooking and obstruction-holding the stick, respectively. Brothers John and Keenan Hopson were credited with points on the play, with Billy Ryan scoring the goal to make it 3-0 (2-for-2 with the man-advantage).
The period closed with an 18-4 shot advantage for the home team.
Make that three-for-three when Maine's Derek Damon connected on the power play at 2:58 of the second, assisted by Léveillé and Bret Tyler. Massachusetts finally got on the board at 5:48 when Chris Davis scored on a breakaway for his ninth of the season. David Leaderer set up the play behind the UMass net before leaving it for Matt Anderson. Anderson made the pass up to Chris Capraro, who found Davis alone in the neutral zone. Davis skated in alone and beat Ben Bishop on the near side to make it 4-1. Capraro's assist marked the third point of the weekend for the junior, who scored both Minuteman goals Friday night.
Mike Kostka was hit up high at 17:10, affording the Minutemen their second power play of the night, and UMass came through with a goal to cut the deficit to two at 18:58. Stephen Werner was credited with the tally, skating in 2-on-1 with Degon. Davis also had an assist on the play for his second point of the game. That closed out the middle stanza, with shots 25-10 in favor of the home team through two.
Josh Soares regained the three-goal cushion at 12:02 of the third, assisted by Moore and Léveillé. Topher Bevis closed out the scoring with his first collegiate tally at 18:08, assisted by Scott Crowder and Kostka.
Overall, shots were 30-22 in favor of the Black Bears. Maine was 3-for-5 on the power play, while the Minutemen were 1-for-2.
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