Minutemen Skate to 1-1 Draw With Mavericks
Nov. 29, 2003
OMAHA, Neb.- The No. 7-ranked University of Massachusetts responded from Friday's loss with a tough 1-1 tie at Nebraska-Omaha. The tie improves UMass' record to 9-3-2 overall and UNO improves to 4-8-2 overall. Thomas Pöck scored UMass' goal and Gabe Winer made 20 saves.
UMass went on the first power play of the game just four minutes in when Maverick captain Mike Lefley took a cross-checking penalty. It nearly turned into disaster midway through after UNO forced a turnover and Andrew Wong, who had a hat trick in Friday's game, came in alone, but Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) made a great save moving to his left to keep the game scoreless. However, the power play ended shortly thereafter when the Minutemen took a penalty, 5:20 into the first. The Mavericks then went on a 14-second two-man advantage and another two-minute power play after another UMass penalty. However, the Minutemen made their adjustments after giving up four power-play netters the previous night and killed off both UNO chances. UMass went on its second power-play 10 minutes into the first period, but after settling in the UNO zone, the opportunity ended after another UMass penalty midway through the advantage, giving the Mavericks their third power play of the night 12 minutes into the frame. The Minutemen, however, killed off their third power play of the night, not allowing the Mavericks to get set up at all. The trend continued when UMass went on its third power-play attack of the game, just 45 seconds after killing off the previous UNO power play. The Minutemen then finally capitalized when Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) stayed persistent and slammed home a loose puck for his ninth goal of the season at the 15:09 mark. Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) and Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) were given assists on the score, which gave the Minutemen a 1-0 advantage. UMass would end the first period on a shortened power play, that would carry over into the second period, after Mauldin and Pöck both had good looks at the goal.
The Minutemen couldn't get set up in the Maverick zone and UNO successfully killed off the UMass power play. The Minutemen again went on its first power-play opportunity of the game when Mauldin drew a cross-checking penalty with 17:40 to play in the second frame. But again the Mavericks showed why their penalty-kill unit is one of the tops in country, killing off their fourth UMass power play in five tries. Meanwhile, the UMass defense held the Mavericks without a shot on goal for the first nine-plus minutes, before tempers started to flare midway through the period, after Pöck was called for roughing. However, the Mavericks retaliated and two players were sent into the box for roughing and roughing after the whistle, thus eliminating a UNO power play. The two teams then played sloppy hockey, with neither team mounting much of a threat, until UNO went on its fourth power play of the game. However, the Minutemen nearly went up 2-0 when Matt Fetzer (Chicago, Ill.) picked off a pass at the UNO blue-line, but Chris Holt made a beautiful glove save to rob Fetzer and keep the Mavericks within striking distance. The physical play continued as tempers flared again and the teams traded short-lived power plays to end the second stanza.
Winer and the defense continued to play excellent defense, as the sophomore goalie turned aside an early shot in traffic that nearly trickled through to keep the Mavericks off the board. The Minutemen had a flurry in front of the net about eight minutes in, but Mike Warner (Waltham, Mass.) and John Toffey (Barnstable, Mass.) were turned aside by Holt from in close to keep UNO in the game. The saves sparked the Mavericks and they tied the game at the 9:21 mark of the third stanza after Winer made two great saves. David Morelli tied the game on a rebound after catching the Minutemen scrambling to knot the game at one. Neither team mounted much of a threat for the next 10 minutes and the game headed into overtime.
UMass had the overtime's best chance with about three minutes to play as Kevin Jarman (Aurora, Ontario) cycled around the net, getting Holt to get out of position, but couldn't get a shot off through traffic and the two teams traded punches. The game ended with the Mavericks buzzing the Minutemen net, but Winer and the defense held on for a 1-1 tie.
UMass will return to the Northeast with a Sunday, Dec. 7, contest at No. 12-ranked Boston University. Face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Walter Brown Arena in Boston. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on Fox Sports New England.