Massachusetts Drops Opener to No. 9 Eagles, 6-0
Oct. 13, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts ice hockey team opened the season on a sour note, falling to the ninth-ranked Boston College Eagles, 6-0, before 3,092 fans at the Mullins Center.
Early in the first period, the Minutemen staved off a 27-second 5-on-3 power play, but just moments after getting the fourth player on the ice, BC freshman standout Patrick Eaves notched his first career goal at the 5:47 mark for a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by J.D. Forrest and Ryan Shannon. Eaves would score his second goal just 10 minutes later at the 16:50 mark with assists from his brother, Ben Eaves, and Tony Voce.
The Eagles then made it 3-0 on Voce's first goal of the year at the 11:38 mark of the second period. The goal was assisted by Shannon and Ben Eaves. Boston College would put the game out of reach with two more netters in the final three minutes of the second period to take a 5-0 cushion into the final 20 minutes.
Boston College tacked on another late power-play goal late in the third on Anthony D'Arpino's goal. The Minutemen were outshot, 28-20, by the Eagles. BC also capitalized on the power play, going 3-for-7, while UMass struggled, going 0-for-6 on the power play. It also marked the first time the Minutemen had been shut out in the season opener since the 1935-36 season.
The Minutemen stay at home for a non-conference game against Rensselaer on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 5:00 p.m. at the Mullins Center.