UMass Cruises Past St. Lawrence, 5-1
Oct. 18, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts hockey team continued its red-hot start, scoring three goals in the second period and cruising to a 5-1 non-conference victory over St. Lawrence. With the win, UMass improves to 3-0-0, its best start since 1995-96. St. Lawrence falls to 1-2-2 overall.
St. Lawrence came out aggressive right off the bat, and nearly took a quick lead just 10 seconds into the game when T.J. Trevelyan came in alone on a breakaway, but Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) stoned him from in close to keep the game scoreless. The Saints also had an excellent chance early, but the Minutemen stopped a 15-second 5-on-3 SLU advantage and then a one-minute, 45-second Saints power play early in the first period. Both teams played a sloppy first period, as eight penalties were called in the opening 20 minutes and the Minutemen finally capitalized on the last one of the period. Freshman Mark Matheson (Calgary, Alberta) rifled a shot from just inside the blue-line, that beat SLU goalie stick-side inside the left post for a 1-0 lead with just 1:02 to play in the opening stanza. Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) and Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) assisted on the goal.
UMass started to tilt the ice and added to the lead when sophomore Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.) received a Tim Vitek (Dresden, Ontario) pass, put a move on SLU goalie Kevin Ackley getting him to drop. Capraro skated in front and put home the puck from in close from the right side for a 2-0 advantage just over five minutes into the second stanza. Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) also recorded an assist on the goal. The Minutemen continued the offensive pressure and increased the lead to 3-0 on a pretty play. The Minutemen cycled the puck in the offensive zone. Capraro found a streaking Pöck from the blue-line, and fed him with a pretty pass that the senior Hobey Baker candidate roofed into an open net from inside the right face-off circle at the 7:57 mark. The goal gave Pöck his second point of the contest, marking the third time in as many games he has accomplished that feat. Capraro tallied his second goal of the evening with a power-play netter at 16:01. Capraro skated in front of the net and redirected a Marvin Degon (Milbury, Mass.) shot from the point into the top of the net for a 4-0 lead. Matt Fetzer (Chicago, Ill.) also assisted on the goal.
The Minutemen scored a shorthanded goal for the second straight game when Vitek streaked down the left side and Werner hit him with a pass. Vitek wristed a high shot past Ackley's glove from the left slot to give UMass a 5-0 lead just 1:37 into the third period. St. Lawrence countered with a Drew Bagnall goal on the same power play in a scramble in front of the net just 37 seconds later. The power-play goal was the first UMass has given up in 16 opportunities this season. The game started getting sloppy, as both teams were called for several penalties in the final 15 minutes. UMass, however, cruised in for a 5-1 victory, its third straight to open the season.
The Minutemen return home next weekend for a Friday, Oct. 24, contest against Holy Cross at 7:00 p.m. at the Mullins Center. For ticket information, call the UMass ticket office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX.