BU Uses Strong Third Period to Down UMass
Dec. 7, 2002
BOSTON, Mass. - Boston University shut down a resurgent UMass offense and scored two goals in the first four minutes of the third period to end UMass' four-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory at Walter Brown Arena on Saturday night.
The two teams played a defensive first period, only managing a combined nine shots on goal (BU 7, UMass 2) between them. Both teams' best early opportunity to score came on a Terrier power play. BU's John Sabo fired a shot that clanged off the right post at the 8:30 mark. Just 25 seconds later, Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) came in on a shorthanded breakaway on BU goalie Sean Fields, but Fields turned Werner away to keep the game scoreless. However, BU got on the board at the 16:35 mark when Frantisek Skladeny fired a wrist shot that hit UMass defenseman Thomas Pöck's (Klagenfurt, Austria) stick and mixed goalie Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) up. The puck deflected into the net for a 1-0 Terrier lead.
It was much of the same in the second period. BU kept the pressure on in the first 10 minutes, but Winer turned away every Terrier opportunity, including stoning BU on three extra-man chances. The momentum slowly started to turn, and UMass tied the game on a play similar to the previous night's game-winner. Freshman Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.) stole the puck from BU's Ryan Whitney at the BU blue line and took it towards the corner, where he sent a centering pass to a streaking Tim Turner (Saginaw, Mich.), who batted the puck backhand into the back of the net. Turner's eighth goal of the year tied the game at one at the 16:59 mark.
BU quickly squelched any UMass momentum early in the third period. David VanderGulik sent a lob shot towards Winer, that bounced awkwardly off his chest and towards the waiting stick of Brian McConnell, who pushed the puck top-shelf just 16 seconds into the final stanza. for a 2-1 Terrier advantage. BU added the lead just three-and-a-half minutes later when Mark Mullen banged home a crossing pass top-shelf at the 3:51 mark for a 3-1 cushion. UMass had its chances to cut into the Terrier lead in the third period, but couldn't convert on two power-play chances in the final 12 minutes and were sent home with its first loss in the last five games.
BU outshot the Minutemen, 31 to 18. Neither team converted a power-play goal, as BU was 0 for 5 and UMass was 0 for 4. The loss drops UMass' record to 9-6-0 overall and 4-5-0 in the Hockey East.
UMass will conclude its pre-holiday schedule with a non-conference matchup at Princeton on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7:00 p.m.