Minutemen Hang on to Defeat Princeton, 5-3
Dec. 1, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts men's hockey team jumped out to a 4-0 lead, then held off a spirited Princeton charge to claim its third win in a row and sixth win in its last seven games, 5-3. The Minutemen improve to 8-5-0 heading into next weekend's series with 11th-ranked Boston University.
UMass jumped out early for the second straight game, gaining a 2-0 lead after the first 20 minutes. Matt Fetzer (Chicago, Ill.) scored from the left slot for the first goal of the game just 3:55 into the game. Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.) fed Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.), who fired a shot wide, but got his own rebound and fed Fetzer for a 1-0 lead.
The Minutemen added to the lead three minutes later as Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) deflected a slapshot from Marvin Degon (Millbury, Mass.) in front of the goal that trickled into the net off the shoulder of Princeton goalie Nate Nomeland. Mauldin also assisted on the goal. The goal was Werner's seventh of the season to tie Mauldin for the team lead.
UMass then scored two goals in the first six minutes of the second period to take a 4-2 lead. The first goal came on Tim Turner's (Saginaw, Mich.) seventh goal of the season. Turner scored a power-play netter at the 2:16 mark to give the Minutemen a 3-0 lead. The goal moved Turner into 10th place on the school's all-time points list with 85. Degon and Josh Hanson (Medford, Mass.) assisted on the goal.
UMass' second goal of the period came after a Princeton turnover deep in its own zone. Stephen Jacobs (Westminster, Mass.) sent a pass to James Solon (Acton, Mass.), who then fed a streaking Peter Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.). Trovato then flipped in a wrister top-shelf to give UMass a 4-0 cushion. However, Princeton rallied to cut the margin to 4-2 with two 5-on-3 goals in the last six minutes of the period.
The Tigers then narrowed the margin to 4-3 just 3:31 into the third period on their third power-play goal of the game. However, UMass righted the ship and iced the game away when Greg Mauldin fired in an empty-net goal at the 19:25 mark to give the Minutemen a 5-3 victory. Anderson and Werner assisted on the goal.
The Minutemen outshot Princeton, 29-14. It marked the fifth straight game that UMass has held its opponent under 20 shots. However, Princeton stayed in the game with a strong special teams unit, going 3-of-6 on the power play and holding UMass to one goal in six power-play opportunities.
UMass will host Boston University on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Mullins Center, then travel to Boston to face the Terriers on Dec. 7. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. both nights. Saturday's game will be broadcast on Fox Sports New England.