UMass Drops 5-2 Hockey East Battle With Merrimack
Nov. 6, 2004
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - In the back-end of a Hockey East home-and-home, UMass lost 5-2 at Merrimack on Saturday night. Merrimack's goalie Frank McLaughlin made 41 saves in his first career start stifling the Minutemen all night long. The loss came just one night after UMass piled up an 8-2 win over the Warriors at the Mullins Center. Junior Stephen Jacobs (Westminster, Mass.) and Tim Vitek (Dresden, Ontario) scored UMass' two goals in the defeat.
The Warriors picked up their first win in Hockey East play as they moved to 3-5-0 overall, 1-3-0 in the league. UMass is now 5-4-0 overall and 3-2-0 in Hockey East action. The game was a penalty marred one as 28 penalties were called - tying the most for a UMass game this season
Merrimack scored four goals bridging the final two periods as five different Warriors scored in the win. UMass ended the run as Vitek scored his first of the season with 3:58 left in the game.
The Warriors opened up a commanding 3-1 lead as defensemen Rob LaLonde scored with 13:10 left in the second period. LaLonde jammed in a rebound shot between goalie Gabe Winer's (Stoughton, Mass.) pad and the left post for the score. Winer had stopped Mike Alexiou with a sensational save just seconds prior but was unable to cover the puck.
Merrimack took a 2-1 lead as freshman Hank Carisio scored off a pass from Jordan Hart just 1:30 into the second period. Carisio came around the far side of the goal and flipped over a sprawling Gabe Winer.
The Minutemen got on the board as Jacobs - inserted into the lineup tonight - scored his first goal of the season. Jacobs deposited the puck into the low right corner of the net as he crashed in and scored off a pass from freshman Mike Kostka (Ajax, Ontario) with 2:54 left in the first period. Redshirt sophomore Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.) was also credited with his team-high sixth assist on the play.
UMass' Winer came up huge as he stopped a penalty shot on Matt Johnson 11:05 into the first period. Merrimack was given the option of taking a penalty or the penalty shot Matt Anderson was called for tripping as Merrimack had a breakaway on Winer. On the penalty shot, Johnson skated in and was stopped low by Winer. It was the first penalty shot against UMass since Winer stopped Maine's Colin Shields on Nov. 21, 2003.
Merrimack opened the game's scoring on a wrister by Jeff Caron which went top shelf over Winer's right shoulder 2:15 into the game.
Freshman goalie Jamie Gilbert (Lewiston, Maine) made his collegiate debut playing the final 4:47 of the game.
UMass returns to action on Friday night as they travel to No. 1 Boston College for a 7 p.m. face-off. The Minutemen host Mercyhurst on Sunday at the Mullins Center, at 3 p.m.