Providence Stops UMass Winning Streak
Oct. 31, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Providence jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on for a 6-2 victory over the Minuteman hockey team in Hockey East action Friday night. The loss drops No. 14 UMass' record to 4-1-0 (1-1-0 Hockey East), while No. 15 Providence improves to 5-1-1 (1-1-1 Hockey East).
Providence started the game with a power-advantage just 45 seconds into the game. The Friars had two good chances midway through the opportunity, but goalie Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) made two saves from in close to kill the penalty. Seven and a half minutes into the first period, UMass went on its first power play. Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) had two shots from the point stopped by Providence goalie Bobby Goepfert, and the Friars killed off UMass' first chance. The Friars went on another power play shortly after killing UMass', but Winer again made a save from point-blank range and the game remained scoreless. Providence, however, struck first at the 14:27 mark when Kevin Brooks stopped a teammate's shot just in front of Winer, and found the back of the net to give the Friars a 1-0 lead. Mike Robinson and Nate Meyers assisted on the netter. After killing off another UMass power-play, the Friars took a 2-0 lead with just two seconds left in the period when Stephen Wood wristed a slapshot from just inside the blue line that beat a screened Winer glove side to the top shelf.
The Minutemen dodged a huge bullet early in the second stanza, when after a turnover in their own end, Winer made three saves on point-blank shots to keep UMass in the game. However, the momentum was quickly squashed out when David Carpenter cut to the net and flipped in a beautiful cross from Chase Watson for a 3-0 advantage 3:40 into the second period. Providence took a 4-0 lead when Jeff Mason found the back of the net from the right point at the 7:17 mark. Jason Platt and Bill McCreary assisted on the goal. However, UMass started to claw back and narrowed the margin to 4-1 when freshman Kevin Jarman (Aurora, Ontario) picked up a loose puck along the left side and caught Goepfert out of position and slid the puck into the back of the net at the 19:31 mark. John Toffey (Barnstable, Mass.) and Pöck assisted on the goal.
Providence silenced any UMass rally when Tony Zancanaro picked up a loose puck and scored on a breakaway to give the Friars a 5-1 advantage at the 4:25 mark. UMass answered with a Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) netter at the 7:15 mark after catching a scrambling Goepfert out of position. Toffey recorded his second assist of the evening and John Luszcz (Ludlow, Mass.) picked up his first on the play. Again, Providence answered with a Colin McDonald power-play goal as he beat Winer top shelf gloveside at the 12:13 mark for a 6-2 cushion, before running out the clock.
The Minutemen and Friars will battle in the second game of the home-and-home series on Sat., Nov. 1, at 7:00 p.m. in Providence.