Massachusetts Earns Win in First Road Game
Nov. 2, 2002
BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts ice hockey team found the road more to their liking, as it ended a two-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over Northeastern at historic Matthews Arena. The win moves UMass' record to 2-3-0 on the year and 1-2-0 in the Hockey East.
The Minutemen took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when freshman Peter Alden (West Tisbury, Mass.) played the puck behind the net to Josh Hanson (Medford, Mass.), who fired a pass to Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y) in the left slot. Anderson's wrister beat Northeastern goalie Ken Heneroty low at the 9:47 mark.
Tim Turner (Saginaw, Mich.) then added to the lead with a power-play netter at the 16:52 mark. Turner took a crossing pass and went top-shelf past Heneroty for his first goal of the year. Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) and Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.) were credited with assists on the play.
UMass would then go up 3-0 when Peter Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.) flipped in a shot past Heneroty at the 2:27 mark of the second period. The goal was set up as James Solon (Acton, Mass.) sent a crossing pass to a streaking Jeff Lang (Westwood, Mass.), who then slipped the puck to Trovato.
Northeastern managed to cut the lead to 3-2 moments later, but UMass got a huge break when Nick Kuiper (Beaconsfield, Quebec) scored his second goal of the year at the 3:30 mark of the third period. Kuiper was trying to clear the puck and played it towards the net. Heneroty never saw it as the puck bounced into the lower-left corner from just inside the red half-ice line to push the lead to 4-2.
After Northeastern cut the margin to 4-3, Mauldin iced the game away with a slapshot from the left circle that beat Heneroty top left at the 18:20 mark unassisted. The goal was Mauldin's first of the season and gave the Minutemen a 5-3 cushion.
Massachusetts then stopped Northeastern in the last minute after the Huskies had pulled their goalie for the 5-3 triumph. Gabe Winer made 23 saves to earn his second win of the year.