Oct. 13, 2001
AMHERST, Mass. -
The University of Massachusetts scored three first period goals en route to a 4-2 victory over Niagara in college hockey action tonight at the Mullins Center. It was the season-opener for the Minutemen.
UMass sophomore Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) opened the scoring with a power-play goal 4:49 into the first period. Senior Martin Miljko (Etobicoke, Ontario) made a pass to Pöck in the slot who fired a one-timer that beat Niagara goaltender Ryan MacNeil. Senior Toni Söderholm (Helsinki, Finland) also assisted on the goal.
Niagara evened the score, 1-1, just over two minutes later when Ryan Gale netted an even-strength goal. The Minutemen regained the lead when sophomore Scott Horvath (West Redding, Conn.) intercepted a clearing pass just inside the Niagara blue line. Horvath and freshman Peter Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.) worked a give-and-go that culminated with Horvath firing a wrist shot that beat MacNeil low for the score.
UMass took a 3-1 first period lead when junior Tim Turner (Saginaw, Mich.) scored at the 15:28 mark. Pöck fired a shot from the top of the right face-off circle that was saved by MacNeil. Junior Jimmy Callahan (Lexington, Mass.) gained control of the rebound and passed to Turner who fired a shot into the net.
The Minutemen extended their lead to 4-1 less than two minutes into the second period. Sophomore Mike Warner (Waltham, Mass.) made a pass from the boards to senior Darcy King (Barrie, Ontario) in the slot. King fired a shot that eluded MacNeil to give UMass a three-goal lead. Rob Bumbaco netted a goal for Niagara with 19 seconds remaining in the second period to cut the Massachusetts lead to 4-2.
UMass senior goaltender Mike Johnson (Excelsior, Minn.) made 20 saves in the net for UMass, while MacNeil made 14 saves and allowed fours goal and Rob Bonk made eight saves without allowing a goal for Niagara.
Massachusetts returns to action on Friday, Oct. 19, when it travels to No. 3 Colorado College for two-game weekend series.
Niagara 1-1-0 -- 2 (0-2-0 overall / 0-0-0 CHA)
Massachusetts 3-1-0 -- 4 (1-0-0 overall / 0-0-0 HE)
SCORING - FIRST PERIOD: 1. UM, Thomas Pöck 1 (Martin Miljko, Toni Söderholm) PPG 4:49, 2. NU, Ryan Gale 1 (John Heffernan, Mike Bozoian) 7:05, 3. UM, Scott Horvath 1 (Peter Trovato) 8:34, 4. UM, Tim Turner 1 (Pöck, Jimmy Callahan) PPG 15:28. SECOND PERIOD: 5. UM, Darcy King 1 (Mike Warner, Brad Nizwantowski) 1:24, 6. NU, Rob Bumbaco 2 (Bernie Sigrist, Bozoian) 19:41. THIRD PERIOD: none.
SHOTS - SF, 15 (8-5-2). UM, 25 (8-9-8). SAVES - NU, Ryan MacNeil 14 (6-8-0), Rob Bonk 8 (0-0-8), UM, Mike Johnson 20 (8-8-4). PENALTIES - NU, 7 for 14 min. UM, 5 for 10 min. POWER PLAYS - NU, 0 for 5, UM, 2 for 7. ATTENDANCE - 2,784.