Pöck Lifts Minutemen to Overtime Win
Dec. 12, 2002
PRINCETON, N.J. - Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) scored two goals including the game-winner at the 2:37 mark of the overtime session to lead the UMass hockey team past a scrappy Princeton squad, 4-3, at Hobey Baker Memorial Rink. The win moves UMass' record to 10-6-0 overall.
The Minutemen had an impressive first period, putting much pressure on the Princeton defense, outshooting the Tigers 14-8. UMass finally broke through latte in the stanza and took a 1-0 lead at the 14:50 mark. Pöck found a seam in the Tigers' defense and drilled home a shot off PU goalie Nate Nomeland's pad that trickled into the net. Marvin Degon (Millbury, Mass.) started the play by firing a shot wide that was chased down by Peter Trovato (North Attleboro, Mass.), who then sent it to Pöck. The Minutemen nearly took a 2-0 lead just before the intermission horn, but Nomeland made a spectacular glove save on a point-blank shot by Tim Turner (Saginaw, Mich.) to keep the Tigers within one goal.
The Minutemen took a 2-0 lead early in the second period when Chris Capraro (Medford, Mass.) stole the puck in the UMass zone and fired a brilliant cross-ice pass to Turner near the mid-ice line. Turner took the puck in at Nomeland and fired a shot five-hole for a 2-0 cushion. The goal was Turner's team-leading ninth of the year and increased his personal-best scoring streak to six games. After Princeton narrowed the gap to 2-1 on a Chris Owen goal at the 10:46 mark of the second stanza, the Tigers tied the game at 2-2at the 18:12 mark on a 5-on-3 power-play goal. Of the Tigers' five goals scored in the previous meeting and through the first two periods of this game, three have been scored on 5-on-3 power plays.
Neither team developed any offensive threats in the early part of the third period. UMass' best chance to score came around the five-minute mark as two shots sailed wide. Princeton had a well-developed power-play opportunity early in the period, but the UMass defense held tight. The Minutemen then got a go-ahead goal at the 15:47 mark of the third period, when Stephen Werner (Chevy Chase, Md.) hit a streaking Matt Anderson (West Islip, N.Y.) outside the Princeton zone. Anderson fired a shot just as two Tiger defenders were closing in on him that beat Nomeland low to give the Minutemen a 3-2 lead. The goal, Anderson's fifth of the year, was assisted by Werner and Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.). However, Princeton tied things up at three just 15 seconds later on a power-play goal by Mike Patton. The Minutemen had two good chances late in the game to get the game-winner, but Nomeland held strong and the two teams headed to overtime. It marked the fourth time this year that UMass had gone into overtime.
UMass kept the heat on and got the game-winner on Pöck's second goal of the game. Pöck dominated the puck in the Princeton and flipped a backhand shot towards the net. Nomeland misplayed the puck and it deflected into the net off of Nomeland's glove for the game-winner. The goal was Pöck's second of the game and sixth of the season.
UMass takes two weeks off before heading to warmer climates. The Minutemen will take part in the Everblades College Classic in Estero, Fla., on Dec. 28. UMass battles 12th-ranked Ohio State at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28.