Minutemen Punch Ticket to FleetCenter, 3-1
March 12, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts hockey team got goals from three different players while junior goalie Tim Warner (Waltham, Mass.) made 22 saves to lead the Minutemen to a 3-1 victory over UMass Lowell. The win advances UMass to the FleetCenter for the second straight year and improves its record to 18-11-6 overall.
The Minutemen were the aggressors early, but the River Hawks went on the game's first power play just 3:39 into the first period. UMass Lowell had three shots on goal on the extra-man attack, but Warner stoned them all to keep UML off the board. The Minutemen took a 1-0 lead on a great individual effort by Josh Hanson (Medford, Mass.). James Solon (Acton, Mass.) fired a shot on UML keeper John Yaros that richocheted in front to Hanson. Hanson, while falling down, flipped in a shot past the sophomore keeper at the 11:20 mark for a 1-0 lead. Obi Aduba (Medfield, Mass.) also assisted on the goal. However, just 32 seconds later, UML tied the game on a nearly identical goal as UMass'. Mark Pandolfo fired a shot on Warner,which rebounded to the right side to a waiting Matt Collar, who deposited into the back of the net past Warner's glove at the 11:52 mark. Cleve Kinley recorded the second assist on the goal. Lowell went on the game's second power play with just 2:34 to play in the period, but again the Minuteman penalty-kill unit stood tall and held off the Lowell charge.
UMass had the second period's first power play, a 4-on-3 advantage, 3:30 into the frame. UMass had several good looks, including blasts by Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) and Thomas P?ck (Klagenfurt, Austria), but Yaros and the River Hawk penalty kill ended the threat. The Minutemen stayed aggressive after the power play, and went ahead 2-1 at the 12:12 mark. Dusty Demianiuk (Franklin, Mass.) sent a shot towards Yaros through traffic. Peter Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.) stood in Yaros' way, shielding his vision, and the puck slipped through to the far post past Yaros' stick for a 2-1 advantage. Solon assisted on the goal, for his second assist of the contest. UMass Lowell again had its third power play of the game late in the second period, but Warner and the UMass defense killed off the chance to take a 2-1 lead into the third period.
UMass had a couple good chances in the first half of the third period, but a Kevin Jarman (Aurora, Ontario) shot sailed high and the River Hawks foiled a UMass 2-on-1 chance. The Minutemen sealed the deal on a spectacular play by Mauldin. Yaros was trying to clear the puck, but Mauldin intercepted it, set it down and flipped in a shot to the top right corner past a sprawling Yaros for a 3-1 advantage at the 14:36 mark. The Minutemen then turned to a defensive effort over the last five minutes, with Warner making two great saves with just over two minutes left in the contest to keep the River Hawks at bay. The River Hawks pulled Yaros with just under two minutes to play, but the Minutemen ran out the clock and swept the series, 2-0.
The UMass Ticket Office will have a limited supply of tickets available to purchase for the Hockey East semifnals and finals on March 19-20 for UMass season ticket holders only. Season ticket holders will be limited to two tickets per account when ordering. Season ticket holders will have opportunity to order tickets by telephone on Monday, March 15, and Tuesday, March 16, by calling 1-866-UMASS-TIX while supplies last. Season ticket holders who purchase tickets will have the opportunity to pick up their tickets at the box office beginning Wednesday, March 17, at 1:00 p.m. (until 5:00 p.m.) and then during the entire business day on Thursday, March 18 (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). Tickets that are not picked up in Amherst will be diverted to will call at the FleetCenter on Friday, March 19. For the latest information on UMass ice hockey, please log onto www.umassathletics.com or call the UMass Ticket Office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX.