VICTORY! UMass Nets First Conference Win, 4-2 Over BU
Nov. 12, 2005
The University of Massachusetts (2-7-0, 1-5-0 Hockey East) defeated No. 14 Boston University (3-4-0, 3-3-0 HEA) on Saturday night by the score of 4-2. The win marks only the fifth victory all-time for Massachusetts over BU, three of which have come under head coach Don Cahoon. It was also UMass' first Hockey East win and the team's first win at home on the season. Freshman forward Scott Crowder scored the gamewinning goal--and his first collegiate tally--at the 15:37 mark of the second period.
Chris Capraro opened the scoring for the Minutemen 5:32 into the game, his first goal since Oct. 24, 2003 (vs. Holy Cross). With BU's Dan McGoff serving two minutes for obstruction-interference, Topher Bevis' initial shot from the blueline rebounded out to goalie John Curry's left where Capraro netted it for the 1-0 score. Stephen Werner also assisted on the tally, which broke a 0-for-15 power play trend in the previous two games.
Not missing a beat after sitting Friday's NU game with the flu, Werner gave UMass the 2-0 edge with a shorthanded goal at 13:25. Cory Quirk was the Minuteman called for tripping at 11:41, but Werner was able to interrupt a Terrier pass and skated in alone on Curry for his sixth career shortie. It was the senior's first goal since Oct. 21 of this year, as well as his first-ever against Boston University.
Through the first period, shots were 18-13 in favor of the home team.
The Terriers closed the gap at 11:51 of the second with a power play goal by Brian McGuirk, while Capraro was in the penalty box for slashing. Dan Spang took the initial shot from the point and Kenny Roche redirected it to McGuirk for the goal.
UMass responded with an even-strength goal under four minutes later to regain its two-goal cushion. Mark Matheson and Zech Klann were battling in the corner for the puck when it came out down low to rookie Scott Crowder. Without much of an angle, Crowder's shot hit the crossbar and went in for his first collegiate goal to close the period's scoring with a 3-1 edge.
Through two, shots were 35-25 UMass.
BU again brought it to within one with its second man-advantage goal of the game at 8:49 of the third. The Terriers' leading scorer John Laliberte was credited with the goal, assisted by Sean Sullivan and Brad Zancanaro to make it 3-2.
With Curry pulled in favor of the extra skater, Werner iced the game with an empty net goal at 19:38 of the third period. Chris Davis was credited with an assist on the goal.
Overall, shots were even at 41 shots apiece, with Jon Quick making 39 saves in his second win of the season. His counterpart Curry made 38 saves. UMass was 1-for-5 on the power play, BU was 2-for-6.
Massachusetts will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 22 when they travel to Burlington, Vt. To face the No. 9/8 Catamounts. Game time is set for 7 p.m. UMass then has three days before the weekend series vs. Colorado College and Denver at the Mullins Center. The Tigers are currently ranked No. 1 in the country, while the two-time defending National champion Pioneers are No. 7. For tickets, call 1-866-UMASS-TIX.
As a reminder, there is a FREE hockey UMeet the Athlete clinic on Monday, Nov. 14 from 5-7 p.m. at the Mullins Center practice rink. Children between the ages of 5-12 will have the opportunity to meet the University of Massachusetts Ice Hockey team and participate in a mini-clinic with them. For a $7.00 donation, you can receive a free UMass T-shirt! All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western Mass. On-site registration only.
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