UMass Hockey Ties No. 1 Boston College, 3-3
Nov. 12, 2004
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Despite being out-shot 54-to-17 on the night, senior forward Tim Vitek (Dresden, Ontario) and junior goaltender Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) led the UMass Minutemen to a 3-3 overtime draw at No. 1 Boston College on Friday night. Vitek scored twice in the game, while Winer posted 51 saves between the pipes.
Vitek's equalizing goal with 9:45 remaining in regulation forced the overtime period - the first time UMass has taken a No. 1 ranked team into overtime. His second goal of the game was set-up by sophomore Mark Matheson (Calgary, Alberta) and sophomore Kevin Jarman (Aurora, Ontario) - who had a career-high three assists on the night.
The native of Dresden, Ontario scored the opening goal of the game at the 5:15 mark on a wrister in front of the net for his second goal of the season.
Junior Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) added another UMass goal just under four minutes into the second period on a 1-on-1 breakaway following a turnover at center ice. The tally was the second short-handed goal of the season for UMass.
Boston College responded 26 seconds later when Ned Havern nailed a shot from the right face-off circle for an Eagle power-play goal cutting the lead to 2-1 UMass.
The Eagles tied the game at two each at the 9:29 mark of the second period when Joe Rooney scored a power-play goal set up on a pass from Matt Greene who was wrapping around the back of the net. Greene flipped a pass to Rooney who sent a shot into the top-left corner just past Winer.
Boston College took a 3-2 lead with 15:45 remaining in the third period after John Adams scored his first goal of the season for the Eagles' third power-play goal of the night.
Penalties hurt UMass throughout the night. The Minutemen spent 20 minutes in the box on 10 penalites. All three of Boston College's goals occured on power-plays (3-for-8).
Winer improves to 4-2-1 on the season after making 51 saves, just eight shy of tying his career-high, including a game-high 21 stops in the third period.
The Minutemen improve to 5-4-1 overall and 3-2-1 in Hockey East, while Boston College moves to 4-1-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the league. Against team's ranked No. 1 nationally, UMass improves to 1-7-1.
UMass returns to action on Sunday when the Minutemen host Mercyhurst at 3:00 p.m. in the Mullins Center.