Minutemen Drop First Quarterfinal Game to Boston University 4-1
March 10, 2006
BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts (13-20-2, 10-15-2 Hockey East) dropped game one of the best-of-three quarterfinal series with Boston University (22-9-4, 17-7-3 HEA) on Friday night by the score of 4-1. The Terriers' David Van Der Gulik scored twice in the opening two periods to secure the win for the home team, while UMass' Chris Capraro came up with a power play goal. The Minutemen and BU rematch Saturday night at 7 p.m.
The Terriers broke open the scoring at 6:15 of the first with an even-strength tally for the 1-0 score. David Van Der Gulik was credited with the goal after passing the puck up from behind the net and playing it off of a UMass skate for his sixth of the season. Brad Zancanaro was credited with an assist on the goal, the only one of the period. Both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play, but were unable to convert. Shots were even at eight apiece.
Van Der Guilik's second of the night came at four minutes even in the second, making it a two-goal game for BU. Tom Morrow tipped the puck to John Laliberte, who skated it two-on-one with Van Der Gulik into the UMass zone. Laliberte passed it to his linemate, whose shot beat Gabe Winer on the far side. Again it was a one-goal period, with the Minutemen outshooting BU 19-18 through two.
Massachusetts had a golden opportunity to put a dent in the scoreboard with an extended 5x3 power play at 15:06. With Morrow already in the box for obstruction-interference, Van Der Gulik took the same penalty less than a minute later, offering 1:06 of 5x3. Chris Capraro increased his scoring streak to three games (scoring in five of the last six) with a power play goal from the blueline at 5:52. Assists went to Marvin Degon and P.J. Fenton.
Winer came through with a couple of huge saves for UMass, successfully turning away the initial shot and rebound of a Van Der Gulik-Zancanaro 2-on-1 opportunity with less than 10 to play. But the Terriers regained their two-goal cushion with a power play goal of their own at 13:51, the tally coming from Laliberte. Dan Spang and Van Der Gulik assisted, bringing the score to 3-1.
UMass pulled its goalie with 1:57 remaining in the contest, but it was BU that capitalized with an empty-netter by Van Der Gulik for the hat trick. Overall, shots were 29-27 in favor of the home team. UMass was 1-for-6 on the power play, while BU went 1-for-5 with the man advantage.
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