UMass Hockey Opens Season With 6-3 Victory
Oct. 9, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts' hockey team opened its season with a 6-3 victory over regional rival UConn on Thursday night at the Mullins Center. Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) and Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.) each scored three points and Josh Hanson (Medford, Mass.) tallied two goals to lead the Minutemen to the victory.
UConn came out firing in the first 10 minutes, but it was UMass that struck first with a power-play netter from Pöck at the 11:57 mark. Capraro fed Pöck at the point, who one-timed a low shot past UConn goalie Scott Tomes glove-side for a 1-0 cushion. The lead was pushed to 2-0 when senior Nick Kuiper (Beaconsfield, Quebec) roofed a shot from in close past Tomes with assists going to Capraro and Marvin Degon (Millbury, Mass.) at the 14:36 mark. UConn cut the lead to 2-1 when Matt Schrerer trickled a shot past UMass goalie Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) with just 49 seconds remaining in the period.
The Minutemen came out smoking in the second period and put the game away with two goals in the first 3:17. Hanson gave the Minutemen a 3-1 cushion when he slipped a shot in past Tomes off a Mark Matheson (Calgary, Alberta) rebound and Tim Vitek (Dresden, Ontario) scored just 46 seconds later with an assist to Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.). Again, UConn fought back cutting the margin to 4-2, but Jeff Lang (Westwood, Mass.) stopped any UConn momentum as he swooped in front of the net and beat Tomes to the right post at the 13:26 mark to bump the lead back to three at 5-2. Pöck and Capraro assisted on the goal.
The lead was pushed to 6-2 when Hanson netted his second tally on a pretty goal with assists to Obi Aduba (Medfield, Mass.), his second of the evening, and Pöck. UConn's Trevor Stewart closed out the scoring late in the third but the Huskies could draw no closer and UMass was victorious in its season opener, 6-3.
Besides Pock (1 g, 2 a) and Capraro (3 a) scoring three points, Hanson tallied two goals and Aduba tallied two assists. Winer made 20 saves, including 12 in the second period. UMass' penalty kill was also sharp, stopping all five UConn power-play chances.
The Minutemen kick off Hockey East play on Saturday, Oct. 11, with a 7:00 p.m. game at rival UMass Lowell.