Northeastern Upends UMass Hockey 8-3
March 5, 2005
BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts fell to Northeastern in the final game of the regular season by the score of 8-3. UMass got three power play goals from Jeff Lang (Westwood, Mass.), Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) and Marvin Degon (Millbury, Mass.) but was unable hold off the Huskies in the third and gave up four unanswered goals in the stanza.
With the loss and Providence win, the Minutemen (13-21-2, 6-16-2) occupy the No. 8 spot in the Hockey East standings. In other league action on Saturday, Boston College tied Maine and Boston University held on to beat New Hampshire 3-2. Therefore, UMass will face Boston College next week in the opening round of the conference tournament.
The Huskies put on an offensive show in the first, collecting two goals before the Minutemen had a chance to get on the board. NU's Jason Guerriero opened up the one-goal lead at 3:07, the tally assisted by Jimmy Russo and Mike Morris. Jared Mudryk's 10th goal of the season at 6:45 for the two-goal cushion.
Lang brought the Minutemen to within one with a power play goal at 11:02. The goal--his first since Nov. 23 at Vermont--was assisted by Werner and Craig MacDonald (Canton, Mass.).
Northeastern was afforded three consecutive power plays late in the opening period and converted during the second with 59 seconds remaining in the first to make it a 3-1 game. Tim Judy's goal was assisted by Morris and Guerriero.
NU's second power play goal of the game opened up the second, with Judy taking his second goal of the game at 1:14 for the 4-1 lead.
Massachusetts brought it back to within two with Werner's third goal in three games. Degon faked a shot and passed it to Lang, who shot it in on Keni Gibson. The rebound came out to Werner, who netted his team-leading 14th goal of the season.
Degon turned around and made it a 4-3 game at 11:22 with his 10th goal of the season and second point of the game. Rookie P.J. Fenton (Longmeadow, Mass.) broke a four-game scoreless streak with an assist on the tally, while Kevin Jarman (Aurora, Ont.) also assisted on the goal. The one-goal NU lead stood through the remainder of the period.
Northeastern regained its two goal lead with Guerriero's second goal of the game at 7:49, assisted by Russo and Morris. Russo added a goal just over three minutes later and Morris made it a 7-3 game at 12:14.
Tim Warner (Waltham, Mass.) relieved Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) at that point, and made 3 saves in the remainder of the contest, giving up one goal at 19:50. Winer made 19 saves in net through 52:14.
Shots were 33-30 in favor of the Minutemen. UMass was 3-for-7 on the power play while NU went 4-for-10.
Next week's tournament action begins on Friday vs. The Eagles. The first round is a best-of-three scenario.
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