Boston College Blanks UMass 7-0
Dec. 9, 2005
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts (5-9-0, 3-6-0 Hockey East) fell to No. 6/7 Boston College by the score of 7-0 in Chestnut Hill on Friday night. The Eagles quickly gained the momentum behind three first period goals, and outshot the Minutemen 41-21 in the contest. The home-and-home series shifts to Amherst tomorrow evening. The game will be broadcast live by CN8, with the opening faceoff scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
BC was afforded an early extended power play to open up the game, with UMass' Patrick Dineen being assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for hitting from behind at 4:37. Chris Collins collected his fifth goal of the season with the tally, after the Minutemen failed to clear the zone. The goal at 7:19 was assisted by linemates Brian Boyle and Benn Ferriero.
The Eagles gained the two goal lead with an even-strength goal at 13:32 by Andrew Orpik, assisted by Peter Harrold. The shot went over Gabe Winer's shoulder, hit the crossbar and went in for the 2-0 score. Boston College added another special teams goal--this time a shorthander--at 17:40. Nathan Gerbe beat UMass defender Topher Bevis, setting up the BC 2-on-1 and eventual score. The goal was also assisted by Dan Bertram.
The home team added two goals in the second--Gerbe's second of the game at 3:23 and Collins' second extra-man tally of the night at 16:31--for the 5-0 score heading into the final period of play. Ferriero added a PP goal in the third, while Collins earned a hat trick with his third goal at 14:30 to close out the scoring.
Winer made 27 saves through two periods of play. Jon Quick came in for the final stanza and made seven saves in relief. Overall, 21 penalties were called, and BC was 3-for-8 on the power play. The Minutemen were 0-for-7.
As a reminder, UMass' Student Athletic Advisory Committee will be collecting new and unwrapped toys during Saturday's game. The gifts will benefit the Shriners Children's Hospital of Springfield.
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