UMass Drops 4-1 Game To Boston College, Closing Out The First Half Of The Season
Dec. 10, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts (5-10-0, 3-7-0 Hockey East) fell to No. 6/7 Boston College by the score of 4-1 on Saturday night at the Mullins Center. The Eagles registered three goals in the first period for the second-consecutive night, handing the Minutemen the loss. UMass will now break from competition until after the holidays, when it participates in the Toyota UConn Hockey Classic in Storrs, Conn. from Dec. 29-30.
The Eagles did not waste any time getting on the board, netting a goal just 1:22 into the contest. Benn Ferriero passed the puck across the crease to Brian Boyle, who's shot went above Jon Quick's shoulder and into the net to make it 1-0. Chris Collins also assisted on the goal.
UMass responded with a power play goal at 6:15 to tie things up at one. Topher Bevis and Marvin Degon kept the puck at the blueline for the Minutemen until the senior captain shot a wrister on the BC net. Chris Davis collected the rebound and stuffed it past Cory Schneider for his fifth goal of the season and first man-advantage goal.
BC's special teams made it a 2-1 game just over a minute later with their second shorthander of the weekend. Ferriero was credited with the goal, skating in with Peter Harrold 2-on-1 and beating Quick on the short side at 7:17. The Eagles added a 4x4 goal at 17:22 by Dan Bertram for the two-goal cushion. Quick made the initial save, but the puck caromed off his pads and over the goal line to close out the period scoring.
After skating through a scoreless second period, UMass pulled Quick with 1:14 remaining in the third in favor of an extra attacker. BC's Benn Ferriero added an empty net goal with 18 seconds remaining in the game, his second of the night.
Overall, shots were 39-15 in favor of the Eagles. BC was 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Minutemen were 1-for-4. Quick made 35 saves in the loss and his counterpart made 14.
A special "thank you" to everyone that brought donations to support the UMass Student Athlete Advisory Committee's toy drive. Over 400 toys were collected for distribution at the Shriners Children's Hospital in Springfield.
The Minutemen return to the Mullins Center January 6, 2006 when they again face Merrimack at home. Faceoff is set for 7:00 p.m.
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