#15 Vermont Defeats UMass Hockey 5-2
Nov. 23, 2004
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Vermont's Chris Smart scored his second goal in as many games, junior Joey Gasparini recorded three assists and junior goalie Travis Russell notched 23 saves as the Catamounts extended the nation's longest unbeaten streak to nine games with a 5-2 win over Massachusetts Tuesday in front of a sellout crowd of 4,003 at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
Vermont, 7-4-3 overall, is now 6-0-3 in its latest run. The streak is the longest by a Vermont team since 1995-96, when the Cats went 11 games without a loss on the way to the Frozen Four.
Vermont took a 1-0 lead at 14:33 of the first period on a goal from Chris Myers, his seventh of the season off a face-off. Gasparini and Tom Collingham assisted on the goal, which came after Gasparini had a couple of shots blocked before getting the puck to Myers, who went high to beat UMass goalie Tim Warner. Collingham won the faceoff to start the scoring play for Vermont, which carried the 1-0 lead into the locker room after 20 minutes.
The Minutemen, 6-6-1, tied it at 1-1 midway through the second period on a power-play goal from Jeff Lang, who ripped a slapshot through a screen and past Russell. James Solon and Tim Vitek assited on the goal, Lang's second this season and the sixth of his career.
Vermont took the lead back at 13:05 when Smart scored his second goal in as many games on the power play, hacking away at the loose puck in the crease before poking it past Warner. Tim Plant and Gasparini assisted on the goal, Smart's second this season and the third of his career.
The Cats added to their lead just 49 seconds later on Jeff Corey's fourth goal of the season off a faceoff. Scott Mifsud won the faceoff back to Slavomir Tomko, whose shot went wide and caromed right to Corey. The junior then threw it at the net, sneaking it by Warner and Vermont had a two-goal cushion.
Torrey Mitchell scored a highlight-reel goal early in the third, with Gasparini picking up his third assist of the night, as the Catamounts went up 4-1. Mitchell got the puck from Gasparini at center ice, dangled the puck with a UMass defender in front of him, and then snapped a shot through the defender's legs and past Warner.
Marvin Degon scored on a wrist shot from the right circle at 11:51 of the third to bring UMass to within two. Mifsud scored into the empty net for his 10th goal of the year in the final minute.