Season Comes To A Close As UMass Falls To BU 4-1
March 11, 2006
BOSTON, Mass. - UMass' season came to and end on Saturday night at Agganis Arena after falling to the Boston University Terriers 4-1 in quarterfinal action in the Hockey East Tournament. The Minutemen close out the year with a 13-21-2 record overall, 10-15-2 in league play. Senior Marvin Degon finished his collegiate career by breaking the University's record for career games played, which now stands at 146.
The Minutemen found themselves down early after BU's Bryan Ewing converted just 1:16 into the game. Kenny Roche brought the puck up the near boards and made the pass to Pete MacArthur, who connected with Ewing on the far side. Ewing beat Jon Quick for his 12th of the season, making it a 1-0 game. Quick was busy through the remainder of the period, turning away 12 additional shots, while John Curry made 10 in net for the Terriers.
After a scoreless second period, the Terriers added to their lead with a power play tally at 5:50. With UMass' Mike Kostka in the box for obstruction-hooking at 5:32, John Laliberte capitalized with a seemingly impossible shot from the bottom of the far circle. David Van Der Gulik and Dan Spang assisted. Kenny Roche quickly made it a 3-0 contest at 9:38 with a 4x4 goal on the rebound off of a Sean Sullivan shot from the blueline. Laliberte also assisted.
Chris Capraro foiled Curry's hopes of a shutout at 18:42, scoring for the second consecutive game. Matt Anderson assisted on the play, which brought Capraro's scoring streak to four games (six of the last seven). MacArthur added an empty-netter to close the contest and the season for the Minutemen.
Massachusetts was afforded four power plays, converting once. BU was 1-for-2 with the man advantage. Shots were 36-33 in favor of the home team, while Quick made 32 saves in the contest.
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