Hockey Falls To Boston University, 7-1, At The Mullins Center
Dec. 4, 2004
AMHERST, Mass.- Peter MacArthur and Brad Zancanaro each scored two goals as Boston University (9-6-0, 8-1-0 HE) defeated the University of Massachusetts (7-9-1, 4-4-1 HE), 7-1, tonight before a season-high 5,638 fans at the Mullins Center. It was the most goals that the Minutemen have allowed at the Mullins Center since losing 8-5 to Providence on Jan. 7, 2001.
The start of the game was delayed 15 minutes due to Boston University travel difficulties, but the Terriers got on the board first with a goal at 4:01 in the opening period. A shot from above the circle through traffic by Dan Spang found then back of the net. His first tally of the season was assisted by Brad Zancanaro and Kevin Schaeffer for the 1-0 edge.
Neither team was able to convert with the man advantage in the period, with UMass going 0-for-2 and BU being held to one opportunity. The Minutemen were able to sustain pressure on goalie John Curry after a BU obstruction-holding call at 16:19, putting up consecutive shots stopped at the goal line. Junior netminder Gabe Winer kept UMass in the contest, making key saves-including a breakaway chance midway through the period. He made nine saves in the opening stanza. UMass held the 12-10 advantage in shots in the first.
Boston University opened it up in the second, scoring twice in less than a minute to increase the lead to three. Zancanaro made it 2-0 at 5:54, catching Winer out of the net, and Peter MacArthur slipped a wrist shot over Winer's shoulder just 39 seconds later.
MacArthur notched his second goal of the night, a shorthander, at 12:30 to put the Terriers up by four. Still on the power play, the Minutemen got on the board and spoiled BU's bid for a shutout with a goal by David Leaderer at 8:31. The goal was assisted by Kevin Jarman to make it 4-1.
BU's John Laliberte made it a 5-1 game at 12:12 of the third period to end the Minutemen's come-back attempt. Zancanaro recorded an unassisted goal at 14:05 and then Matt Radoslovich tallied his first goal of the season with just 34 seconds left to close out the scoring. Michael Waidlich relieved Winer with 7:21 remaining in the third to finish the game, making three saves in his third appearance of the season. Winer finished the night with 24 saves.
BU held the edge in shots tonight, 34-28, and were 1-for-3 on the power-play. Massachusetts was 1-for-4 with the man advantage. Both teams were whistled for four penalties as the Minutemen tallied 16 minutes to the Terriers' eight. BU goaltender John Curry made 27 saves to improve his season record to 7-3-0.
Massachusetts' 1972 ECAC Division II Championship team was honored between the first and second period, with a banner being raised to the rafters of the Mullins Center. Head Coach Jack Canniff as well as other staff members and players were in attendance for the unveiling.
The Minutemen are back in action Thursday night at New Hampshire. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Eastern at the Whittemore Center.