Minutemen Use Third-Period Magic Again to Defeat Lowell, 4-3
Nov. 16, 2002
LOWELL, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts ice hockey team scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to rally past UMass Lowell, 4-3, Saturday night at Tsongas Arena. The Minutemen did it to the Hawks in the third period for the second straight night to sweep the weekend series. The win gave UMass Head Coach Don Cahoon his 200th career victory.
UMass Lowell jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the first period, but the Minutemen responded to draw within one goal. Junior defenseman Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) rebounded his own shot and fired a rocket past River Hawk goalie Chris Davidson from a tough angle in the left slot to cut the margin to 2-1. The goal, Pöck's third of the season, came at the 15:59 mark, and came on an assist from freshman Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.).
UMass had a golden opportunity midway through the second period as the River Hawks' Brad King was called for a minor penalty. But the Minutemen couldn't convert on the extra-man advantage. The River Hawks' Andrew Martin gave UMass Lowell a 3-1 cushion moments later as Martin got behind the defense and slid a shot low past UMass goalie Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) at the 9:26 mark. The Minutemen, however, answered with a power-play goal at the 11:44 mark. Tim Turner (Saginaw, Mich.) flipped in a shot over Davidson's shoulder to cut the gap to 3-2. Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.) found Turner camped in front of the net and dealt him a perfect pass that Turner disposed of into the net. Pöck was also credited with an assist. The River Hawks took a 3-2 lead into the third period.
UMass Lowell had two power-play chances in the first 4:16 at the start of the third period, but the Minutemen killed off both River Hawk opportunities to stay within striking distance. The Minutemen took advantage and tied the game at 3-3 at the 10:59 mark. UMass Lowell turned the puck over and Turner fed a streaking Capraro, who slid it five-hole for his first goal of the year. Mike Warner (Waltham, Mass.) was also credited with an assist. The Minutmen then took the lead moments later as Warner beat Davidson on a breakaway at the 12:21 mark for a 4-3 UMass lead. Turner and Capraro were given assists on the play. The second line of Chris Capraro, Mike Warner and Tim Turner combined for eight points (3 g, 5 a).
UMass Lowell outshot the Minutemen, 34-20, but went 0-for-3 on the power play. The Minutemen earned their first weekend sweep in Hockey East play for the first time since Jan. 7-8, 2000.
The Minutemen improved to 4-4-0 overall and 3-3-0 in the Hockey East Conference, heading into their non-conference game on Thursday, Nov. 21, against Iona. Face-off is at 7:00 p.m. at the Mullins Center.