No. 7 UMass Knocks Off Vermont, 4-2
Nov. 25, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - The No. 7 University of Massachusetts hockey team got three goals from freshmen and three special-teams goals to cruise past Vermont, 4-2, in non-conference action on Tuesday night at the Mullins Center. The win improves UMass' record to 9-2-1 overall, while the Catamounts drop to 0-10-2.
The Minutemen and Catamounts played nearly even hockey for the first seven minutes, both having seven shots on goal. However, Vermont got the game's first break after a UMass penalty. However, Vermont could only muster one shot on goal and Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) and the Minuteman defense held tight to preserve the scoreless game. UMass went on the game's next power play and capitalized when Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) rifled a one-timer that from the point that Kevin Jarman (Aurora, Ontario) tipped into the top of the net at the 13:20 mark for a 1-0 advantage and his second career goal. Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.) fed Pöck on the play to earn his team-leading 10th assist of the season. Shortly after Jarman's goal, another freshman, Garrett Summerfield (Endicott, N.Y.) got into the act. Summerfield stole a Vermont clearing pass, put a clever deke on UVM goalie, Matt Hanson, and slid in a backhanded shot for a 2-0 UMass advantage at the 14:00 mark. It was Summerfield's first career goal. UMass continued to pressure Hanson, firing 15 shots total on the sophomore goaltender, who was making his first start. Meanwhile, Winer turned aside all eight Vermont shots.
Again, the Minutemen and Catamounts played to a stalemate in the first half of the second period, with neither team mounting much of an offensive threat, until the Minutemen went on their second power play chance of the night. Chris Capraro wristed a shot into traffic that Hanson originally saved. Mike Warner (Waltham, Mass.) tried to stuff it home, but his shot went wide and Jarman picked up the pass for his second goal of the night at the 16:34 mark. The Minutemen then took advantage of a sloppy power-play attack by Vermont for their next goal as Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) picked off an errant pass and came in on a breakaway, firing a shot into the right side of the netting for a 4-0 lead at the 17:43 mark.
Vermont came alive in the third period, getting a 5-on-3 power-play netter by Joey Gasparini at 8:24 and a even-strength goal by Art Femmenella at 15:09 to cut the margin to 4-2. Vermont nearly made it 4-3 on a breakaway just minutes later, but Winer came up with a huge save and the Minutemen held on to the victory, their third in a row over Vermont.
The Minutemen will hit the road for their next three contests. On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29, the Minutemen head west to battle Nebraska-Omaha. Both games start at 8:00 p.m. EST. Friday's game will be broadcast live on College Sports Television, while both games can be heard live on WRNX 100.9 FM, with the pregame show beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST.