Hockey Shuts Out Providence, 2-0
Oct. 30, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. -- Redshirt sophomore Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal and also had an assist as the University of Massachusetts hockey team moved into a first-place tie in Hockey East with a 2-0 win over Providence tonight at the Mullins Center. UMass junior goalkeeper Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) made 20 saves for the shutout. Both the Minutemen and Friars have four points in lleague play.
Winer's shutout tonight marked the first ever for Massachusetts against the Friars. It was also the first UMass shutout since Winer held Maine scoreless on Jan. 17, 2004. For Winer, it was his third career shutout.
The first period started off slowly. Providence's Eric Lundberg recorded the first shot on goal of the game 6:32 after the puck was dropped. PC got two power-plays midway through the first period, but UMass was able to successfully kill them both off. After the second power-play for the Friars expired, the Minutemen were able to break into the scoring column. Anderson received a pass from sophomore Garrett Summerfield (Endicott, N.Y.) right in front of the net. He wheeled around and fired a quick shot which beat PC goaltender David Cacciola to the glove side. Freshman P.J. Fenton (Longmeadow, Mass.) also assisted on the goal which was Anderson's team-high fifth lamplighter of the year.
The Minutemen got their first chance on the power-play with 51 seconds left on the first period clock, but it was short-lived. As UMass was attempting its first rush down the ice, sophomore Kevin Jarman (Aurora, Ontario) was whistled for an obstruction interference minor negating the man advantage just 28 seconds after it started.
28 seconds into the start of the second period, senior Tim Vitek (Dresden, Ontario) was called for a hooking penalty which gave the Friars a two-man advantage. The Minutemen successfully killed it off and then started to rack up power-plays of their own. The Minutemen received three power-plays in the next eight minutes but were unable to score. UMass had eight shots on those power-plays, but Cacciola stopped then all. With 50 seconds left in the second period, PC's Jon Rheault had a breakaway but his tying attempt was saved by Winer. The Friars did receive another power-play chance a few seconds later which carried over into the third period.
The Minutemen started off the third period by killing off the penalty. Then they got a couple of quick shots off, but Cacciola again made the saves. With 13:53 left in the third period, the Minutemen gave Winer some insurance. Summerfield received a pass from Anderson in the near side face-off circle and blasted a shot by Cacciola. The goal was the first of the season for Summerfield and marked Anderson's team-leading 10th point including his goal earlier in the game. 39 seconds later, Massachusetts went back on the power-play and kept the pressure on Cacciola. The Minutemen had the puck in the offensive end for much of the power-play but were unable to tack on another goal.
Providence pulled its goalie for the game's final 1:24, but was unable to solve Winer who had 20 saves. The Minutemen outshot the Friars 28-20 and each team tallied five penalties for 10 minutes. UMass was 0-for-5 on the power-play while Providence was 0-for-4.
Massachusetts will return to action on Friday, Nov. 5 when it hosts Hockey East foe Merrimack at 7:00 p.m. The two teams will then play the next night in North Andover, Mass., also at 7:00 p.m. The games will be broadcast live on WRNX, 100.9 FM and over the internet at www.umassathletics.com through SportsJuice. For ticket information, please contact the UMass Athletic Ticket Office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX or in person at the Mullins Center Box Office.