Minutemen Tally Late Goal For 3-2 Victory
Oct. 11, 2003
LOWELL, Mass. - Peter Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.) scored a shorthanded goal 17:40 into the third period to give UMass a 3-2 victory over Hockey East rival UMass Lowell on Saturday night. The win was UMass' school-record fourth straight road win and improved its record to 2-0-0 and sole possession of first place in Hockey East.
The River Hawks had the first solid scoring opportunity just two minutes in. Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) made an initial save from in close, and Brad King's rebound attempt sailed high as Winer was scrambling to get back in the net. The Minutemen started to gain control of the puck and had a strong shift midway through the first stanza. Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) turned and slapped a shot into Chris Davidson's body, and Nick Kuiper's (Beaconsfield, Quebec) blast from the point was also gobbled up by Davidson to keep the game scoreless and thwart the Minutemen's first solid scoring chance. However, the River Hawks got on the board after poor coverage by the UMass defense, when Ben Walter roofed a shot past Winer off a rebound at the 12:41 mark for a 1-0 advantage. Shortly after the goal, the Minutemen went on their first power play of the game, and had two shots on goal, but couldn't get the equalizer. The River Hawks also had a power play late in the first period, but the extra man chance ended when UML was called for a penalty about 45 seconds into its power-play opportunity.
The Minutemen got the equalizer just 35 seconds into the second period. Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) took the puck the length of the ice, parted the River Hawks defense and roofed a shot to the top left corner past Davidson for a power-play netter to knot the score at one. Marvin Degon (Millbury, Mass.) assisted on the goal. The Minutemen nearly took a 2-1 lead just minutes later when
Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) found an opening in the left slot, but clanged a shot off the left outside post to keep the game tied at one each. However, Mauldin wouldn't be denied at the 8:12 mark when he received a pass from Pöck near center ice, put a move on and wristed a low shot past Davidson's stick to the low left post for a 2-1 lead. Werner also assisted on the goal for his first point of the year. Shortly after UMass' goal, UMass Lowell went on its second power-play chance of the evening, but the Minuteman penalty-kill unit killed off its seventh power play in seven chances on the young season. The Minutemen went on their third power play of the game, but the River Hawks' goalie Chris Davidson made four saves to keep UML within striking distance. The River Hawks then had a golden opportunity late in the period, going on a 5-on-3 power play, but the UMass defense, spearheaded by Winer, stopped every River Hawk threat to keep the score at 2-1.
The third period turned into a defensive battle. The Minutemen held the River Hawks shotless for the first seven-plus minutes, but UML's first shot resulted in a goal 7:38 into the frame. Walter flipped home a rebound from right in front for his second goal of the evening. Martin and O'Brien assisted on the goal to knot the score at two each. After both teams were assessed penalties 40 seconds later, UMass went on a 4-on-3 power play when Werner drew a tripping penalty. But the Minutemen were held at bay and the extra man opportunity ended when a penalty was called on UMass. The teams traded peanalties that ultimately resulted in a 1:19 Minuteman power play with 7:30 to play, but once again Davidson and the River Hawks defense stood tall, stopping the Minuteman threat. The Minutemen then used a River Hawk power play to get the eventual game-winner. James Solon (Acton, Mass.) stole the puck at mid-ice, put a shot on goal and Trovato slapped home the rebound for a shorthanded netter at 17:40 and a 3-2 advantage. UMass held on despite the River Hawks pulling Davidson with over a minute to play for its first Hockey East victory of the season.
The Minutemen outshot the River Hawks, 27-22, and stopped all six UMass Lowell power-play chances. The Minutemen are now a perfect 11-for-11 on the penalty kill. UMass converted on one-of-six power play opportunities. Winer made 20 saves in goal to run his record to 2-0-0.
The Minutemen return home next weekend for a Saturday, Oct. 18, contest against St. Lawrence at 7:00 p.m. at the Mullins Center. For ticket information, call the UMass ticket office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX.