Massachusetts 4, Rensselaer 3
Oct. 20, 2002
- This is the 11th meeting between the two teams. UMass leads the series, 6-4-1, and tonight's UMass win ended a three-game losing streak to the Engineers.
- UMass had four shots in the first four minutes of the game, and added three more on the first power play opportunity of the game. UMass outshot RPI, 18-4, in the first period. The 18 shots in a period were the most for the Minutemen since having 20 in a game against Vermont on Nov. 21, 2000. The 41 shots were also the most since having 44 against the Catamounts on the same day.
- RPI's first shot of the game came at the 12:50 mark. The Engineers then scored on two of their next three shots on goal to take a 2-0 lead. The Engineers scored on two successive shots midway through the first period.
- UMass killed its first penalty of the game, and got a shorthanded rush out of it as Greg Mauldin took the puck the length and ice and drew a hooking penalty on the Engineers.
- Thomas Pöck scored UMass' first goal of the season at the 16:31 mark of the first period. Pöck, an Austrian Olympian, fired a shot from the blue line that beat RPI goalie Kevin Kurk top right shelf. The goal, which was assisted by Stephen Werner, was Pöck's 12th of his career, and Werner's first career point.
- UMass took its first lead of the year on Tim Vitek's first goal of the year and fourth of his career at the 2:50 mark of the third period. The goal came just 55 seconds after Jeff Lang scored to tie the game. Lang scored his first career point with the goal and added an assist on Vitek's goal.
- Matt Anderson also enjoyed his finest day of his young career with two assists, assisting on Nick Kuiper's second-period goal and Lang's goal in the third frame.
- Newcomers accounted for three assists in the win over RPI (Matthew Anderson 2, Stephen Werner 1). Gabe Winer, also a freshman, got his first career win in the nets for the Minutemen.
- The two goals in the fourth period were scored 55 seconds apart. That is the quickest that two goals have been scored by the Minutemen since a 6-5 win over UConn on Nov. 11, 2001.
- Lastly, the 12 shots given up by UMass were the fewest since Dec. 11, 1993, when the Minutemen allowed only eight against New England College. However, the 12 shots allowed were the fewest allowed ever against a Division I opponent.