Minutemen Blow Out Dartmouth in Third
Nov. 30, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) scored his first career hat trick, and Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y) tied a school-record with two shorthanded goals as UMass breezed to a 7-2 victory over Dartmouth on Saturday at the Mullins Center. The win moves UMass' record to 7-5-0 on the season, while Dartmouth, which had won five games in a row, drops to 6-4-0.
The Minutemen got on the board first when Mauldin scored at the 8:55 mark of the first period. Mauldin rebounded a shot from junior defenseman Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) and stuck it top-shelf from his knees just in front of the net to give the Minutemen a 1-0 lead. After Dartmouth killed off a UMass power-play opportunity, the Minutemen went back to work, as Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) tipped in a centering pass by Sean Regan (South Boston, Mass.) at the 16:22 mark to give UMass a 2-0 lead. Anderson assisted on the goal. The goal was Werner's sixth of the season.
Dartmouth cut the lead to 2-1 with a power-play netter at the 7:21 mark of the second period, UMass regained the lead on Anderson's third goal of the season. Anderson stole a crossing pass at the UMass blue line and took it in on Dartmouth goalie Darren Gastrock. Anderson flipped in a shot off Gastrock's shoulder that trickled into the net for UMass' first shorthanded goal of the season. The goal was unassisted and came at the 14:17 mark. However, Dartmouth tacked on another power-play goal at the 17:23 mark to cut the Minuteman lead to 3-2 heading into the third period.
UMass then poured it on in the third period, outscoring the Big Green, 4-0. Mauldin got it going in the third with his second goal of the game with assists by Anderson and Werner at the 5:53 mark. Anderson chipped in his second shorthanded goal of the game at the 11:03 mark with assists by Werner and Marvin Degon (Millbury, Mass.). Anderson drilled home the goal on a wide-open net after a nifty 3-on-2 break. Pöck then scored his second point of the game at the 15:02 mark when he banged home a loose puck in front of the net with assists from Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.) and Tim Turner (Saginaw, Mich.). UMass' last goal clinched Mauldin's hat trick, the first for a Minutemen player in 215 games, at the 19:49 mark and was assisted by Werner.
The second line of Mauldin, Werner and Anderson combined for 11 points (6 g, 5 a) and was a combined +15. Anderson was +6 himself. The seven goals was the most for the Minutemen since a Nov. 19, 1999, win over Connecticut. UMass also outshot the Big Green, 28-18, which was the fourth straight game in which the Minutemen held an opponent under 20 shots.
UMass will be in action next on Sunday with an out-of-conference game against Princeton at 3:00 p.m. at the Mullins Center. The game will mark the first appearance against the Tigers since Coach Don Cahoon has been at UMass. Cahoon coached at Princeton before coming to UMass.