Minutemen Fall To Pioneers 6-1
Nov. 27, 2004
DENVER, Colo. - The University of Massachusetts came up winless in Colorado this weekend, falling on Saturday night to the 2004 NCAA champion Denver Pioneers by the score of 6-1 at Magness Arena. The Minutemen (6-8-1//3-3-1 HE) got on the board quickly in the first, but No. 9 Denver (8-5-0/5-3-0 WCHA) answered with six unanswered tallies to take the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Michael Waidlich (Millers Falls, Mass.) got his first start of the season in net for UMass, making 17 saves in the contest. The sophomore was key in killing off penalties for the Minutemen, as the Pioneers had 10 power play opportunities in the game. UMass was 9-of-10 on the penalty kill and has allowed just one man-advantage goal in the last 15 opponent power plays.
Freshman David Leaderer (Rochester, N.Y.) opened the game scoring after Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.) drew a faceoff back to the waiting defenseman. Leaderer's first career goal came at 5:41, giving Massachusetts the 1-0 lead.
Denver answered twice in the opening period with an even-strength goal at 14:20 by Jeff Drummond and a shorthander by Adrian Veldman at 15:45. The go-ahead goal was the first shorthanded mark allowed by the Minutemen this season.
The Pioneers added two more goals in each of the remaining periods to seal the game. At 6:15 of the second Brett Skinner made it 3-1 with both teams down a player, and at 18:41 Gabe Gauthier scored the first of two game goals, this one occurring with the extra skater. The Minutemen had quality chances late in the second--including a shot off the post--but were unable to convert and were called for too many men, negating the existing power play.
Gauthier's second goal came on even strength early in the third, while Michael Handrea closed out the scoring halfway through the final period to make it a 6-1 game.
Shots on goal were 23-16 in favor of Denver. UMass was 0-for-4 on the power play and the Pioneers were 1-for-8. The Minutemen were called for nine penalties, including a 10-minute misconduct for Marvin Degon (Millbury, Mass.).Peter Mannino made 15 saves for the win.
UMass returns home to the Mullins Center next weekend for the first time since Nov. 14. The Minutemen host Providence and Boston University on Dec. 3 and 4 for the pair of Hockey East games. Both games are set to start at 7 p.m. Eastern, and Saturday's contest vs. the Terriers will be broadcast on NESN.
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