Chris Davis' Third Period Heroics Lifts UMass Over No. 5 Vermont, 2-1
Nov. 22, 2005
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The University of Massachusetts (3-7-0, 2-5-0 Hockey East) earned its second-consecutive win on Tuesday night, beating the University of Vermont (9-3-0, 3-3-0 HEA) by the score of 2-1. The No. 5 Catamounts outshot the Minutemen 31-10, but UMass earned the win with goals by Scott Crowder and Chris Davis, as well as the spectacular play of goalie Jon Quick.
The Minutemen broke open the scoring at 18:30 of the first with Crowder's second goal of the season. The rookie, who came up with the gamewinner over BU on Nov. 14, took the pass from Mike Kostka and skated in with the Vermont defense. The shot hit UVM's Joe Fallon low and trickled over the line for the 1-0 lead. The goal was one of just two shots on target in the first for UMass.
Vermont answered with just 2.3 seconds remaining in the stanza with Torrey Mitchell's fourth goal of the season, assisted by Matt Syroczynski. The two created a two-on-one situation going into the Massachusetts zone and beat Quick for the 1-1 score. The Catamounts put up a total of nine shots in the first.
Neither team came up with the go-ahead goal in the second, while shots were 18-7 Vermont at the end of two. The teams also played 40 minutes of penalty-free hockey.
The first penalties were issued in the last period, with Vermont's Martz Lutz and UMass' Jamie Solon being called for tripping at 1:39 and 7:09, respectively. Neither team converted.
Davis came through with the heroics for the Minutemen, breaking the tie with a goal at 17:03, assisted by John Wessbecker and Stephen Werner. The gamewinner was the first of Davis' career and brings his season points total to six, good enough for second on the team. Wessbecker's assist is the first point of his collegiate career.
The Catamounts called for the timeout with 1:14 remaining in the game and pulled Fallon in favor of the extra skater, but UMass came through with its second-consecutive win, as well as its second over a ranked opponent this season.
In the game, shots were 31-10 in favor of the home team. Quick was stellar in net, making 29 saves en route to his third win of the season.
Massachusetts returns to action this weekend when it hosts Colorado College and Denver. Game time for Friday's match with the Tigers is set for 7 p.m. The Minutemen and Pioneers drop the puck Saturday at 8 p.m.
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