Hockey Downs Mercyhurst, 6-1, At The Mullins Center
Nov. 14, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts hockey team scored three first-period goals and cruised to a 6-1 win over Mercyhurst Sunday afternoon at the Mullins Center. Senior Tim Vitek (Dresden, Ontario) led the offense with two goals for the second straight game.
Massachusetts got on the board first when junior James Solon (Acton, Mass.) fed Vitek right in the slot. Vitek put a quick wrist shot over the glove of Mercyhurst goalkeeper Mike Ella to give the Minutemen a lead with 10:37 left in the first period. UMass then added to the lead just over four minutes later. Sophomore Kevin Jarman (Aurora, Ontario) slipped a back-handed in the slot just inside the front post to give UMass a 2-0 lead with 6:24 left. Freshman Dan Gordon (Lynnfield, Mass.) and junior John Toffey (Barnstable, Mass.) were each credited with assists on the play. For Toffey, it was his first point of the season.
Less than three minutes later, freshman P.J. Fenton (Longmeadow, Mass.) skated around the net and stuffed a back-hander past Ella to give the Minutemen a 3-0 lead with 3:47 left. Sophomore Mark Matheson (Calgary, Alberta) and redshirt sophomore Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.) had assists.
UMass added to the lead 7:24 into the second period. Junior Stephen Jacobs (Westminster, Mass.) took a shot on the new Mercyhurst goalkeeper Andy Franck. Franck stopped the initial shot but it trickled through his legs for the Minutemen's fourth lamplighter of the game. Matheson and senior Peter Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.) assisted on the play. A few minutes later, Mercyhurst had its best offensive chance of the game. The Lakers put four straight shots on Warner but he saved them all.
In the third period, the Minutemen got a two-man advantage early on and junior Marvin Degon (Millbury, Mass.) made the Lakers pay. He received a pass from Anderson just inside the blue line on the near-side and blasted a one-timer past Franck. Junior Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) also assisted on the play with 16:57 remaining in the game. With 5:04 left, Vitek added his second of the game to make it 6-0. Jarman and Solon got assists. Mercyhurst spoiled Warner's bid for his first career shutout by scoring on the power-play with 2:22 left. David Wrigley got the goal with assists from Jamie Hunt and Kyle Gourgon.
10 of the 12 Massachusetts forwards had at least one point this afternoon in a very balanced attack. Solon, Anderson and Matheson each had a pair of assists in addition to Vitek's two goals for the second straight game.
Massachusetts held the edge in shots, 35-24. Warner made 23 saves for the Minutemen, while Ella (9) and Franck (20) combined for 29. UMass was 1-for-4 on the power-play and had six penalties for 12 minutes.
The Minutemen will return to action on Friday, Nov. 19, when they visit No. 9 Maine. Face-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. Locally, the game will air live on the radio at WRNX, 100.9 FM and over the Internet at www.umassathletics.com.
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