Minutemen Fall to New Hampshire, 4-0
Nov. 24, 2002
DURHAM, N.H. - UMass outshot New Hampshire, but UNH's Mike Ayers made 32 saves in the net, as the Wildcats ended UMass' three-game winning streak with a 4-0 victory. The loss drops UMass to 5-5-0 overall and 3-4-0 in the Hockey East.
New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead at the 12:21 mark of the first period when Colin Hemingway fired a shot from the just outside the right face-off circle through traffic that rattled around the pipes for his eighth goal of the season. Larry Gare assisted on the score. The Minutemen mounted no serious offensive charges in the remainder of the first period, and the Wildcats took a 1-0 advantage into the first intermission.
UNH then went up 2-0 early in the second period, when Preston Callander flipped in a backhand shot topshelf after a UMass turnover. The goal, which was assisted by Tyler Scott, came at the 3:33 mark. The Minutemen had a chance to cut into the Wildcats' lead moments later, as Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.) had a shorthanded shot tipped away by UNH goalie Mike Ayers, and Marvin Degon (Millbury, Mass.) couldn't get a stick on the rebound to end the UMass threat. Hemingway then added to the lead just three minutes later with a power-play netter. Hemingway fired a shot through UMass goalie Gabe Winer's (Stoughton, Mass.) five-hole to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead. Jim Abbott and Brian Yandle assisted on the goal. Both teams had chances to score during the last half of the second period, but Winer and Ayers both made several key saves to keep the score at 3-0 heading into the third period.
The Wildcats added to the lead midway through the third period, when Justin Aikins slid a shot under Winer at the 12:47 mark to give UNH a 4-0 lead. Steve Saviano and Gare assisted on the goal.
The Minutemen outshot UNH, 32 to 18, but went 0-for-4 on the power play.
UMass will step out of conference on Tuesday, Nov. 26, with a game at Vermont. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.