UMass Hockey Defeats Providence 3-2
Dec. 3, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - In the first home game in nearly a month, the University of Massachusetts hockey team defeated Providence College 3-2 in front of a season-best crowd of 4,321 in the Mullins Center on Friday night.
The win improves UMass to 7-8-1 overall, 4-3-1 in Hockey East, while Providence falls to 5-8-1 overall and 2-6-1 in the league. The win also improves the Minutemen to 6-1-0 in the front of the home crowd.
UMass scored a goal in each period to snap a four-game losing streak.
Junior Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) tallied his sixth goal of the season at the 5:57 mark of the first period. Kevin Jarman (Aurora, Ontario) and David Leaderer (Rochester, N.Y.) were credited with the assists after Leaderer took the clearout from goalie Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) whipping a pass up to Jarman who found Werner cutting in from the right face-off circle.
The goal was the 29th of Werner's career moving him just one point out from 17th-place on the all-time scoring chart. This marked the sixth-time this season the Minutemen have opened the game's scoring and the 11th time they have scored in the first period.
Freshman right wing Matt Burto (Orange, Conn.) scored his second career-goal five minutes and 59 seconds into the second period on a wrister to the top corner of the goal. The assist from Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.), who leads Hockey East in points, gave him 20 points for the season.
Providence responded nearly two minutes later when Jamie Carroll scored his fourth goal of the season on a shot from the slot. Carroll's power-play goal was set up by Torry Gajda whose assist was his third of the year.
The Minutemen sealed the victory when junior defenseman Marvin Degon (Millbury, Mass.) sent a shot between the pipes at the 17:51 mark of the third period. With the man advantage, Leaderer found Degon for the power-play goal giving UMass the 3-1 advantage. Leaderer finished the night with a career-high two assists.
The Friars pulled within a goal late in the third period when Bill McCreary beat Winer for his third goal of the year. With 30 seconds remaining in the game, Providence pulled its goalie for the extra offensive skater, but the UMass defense stood tall turning away a flurry of Friar shots to hold on to the victory.
Winer picked up the win making 21 saves on the night, while David Cacciola took the loss for the Friars despite making 25 saves, including 13 in the third period.
Massachusetts returns to action on Saturday night when the Minutemen host in-state rival Boston University in a key Hockey East clash. The game is slated for a 7:00 p.m. start. During the game, UMass will honor the 1972 ECAC Championship team. The game will be broadcast on NESN and can also be heard on WRNX 100.9 FM.
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