No. 9 UMass Draws With No. 14, Dartmouth, 3-3
Dec. 27, 2003
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The No. 9-ranked University of Massachusetts hockey team jumped out to a 3-1 lead then held on for a 3-3 tie with No. 14 Dartmouth in the opening game of the Sheraton / Banknorth Classic. With the tie, UMass improves to 9-4-4 overall, while Dartmouth improves to 4-2-5.
Dartmouth had the game's first good opportunity after a UMass penalty just 33 seconds into the first period. But it was UMass that got on the board when Thomas Pöck (Klagenfurt, Austria) sent in a shot from a tough angle near the goal-line that Peter Torvato (North Attleboro, Mass.) tipped past Dartmouth's goalie Dan Yacey just 59 seconds into the contest. The goal was Trovato's second shorthanded netter of the year. UMass then went on its first power-play chance of the game after killing off the Big Green's chance, but couldn't get organized and Dartmouth killed off the Minuteman attack handily. Dartmouth tied the game after capitalizing off a UMass turnover when Darcy Marr picked off a UMass pass in its defensive zone and slid a shot into the right corner at the 6:18 mark to tie the game at 1-1. Dartmouth had some good chances on its second power-play chance of the contest, but Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) turned aside two shots on the attack and the Minutemen killed off the power play successfully. Both teams settled in and the Minutemen had two one-timers that Yacey gloved to keep the game tied after one period. UMass outshot Dartmouth, 8-4, in the first stanza.
UMass then took a 2-1 lead at the 4:03 mark of the scond period on a pretty goal by Josh Hanson (Medford, Mass.). Hanson received a pass from Kevin Jarman (Aurora, Ontario), and took the puck of the left side on a two-on-one break. Hanson forced the defender to fall, and waited as long as he could, wristing a shot from in close past Yacey for his third goal of the season. Pöck also assisted on the goal. After Dartmouth took back-to-back penalties, UMass would go on its second power play of the game, a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:37, midway through the second period, and capitalized 10:07 into the frame. John Toffey (Barnstable, Mass.) took a feed from Pöck from behind the blue-line and wristed a shot into the top left corner for a 3-1 advantage. Matt Fetzer (Chicago, Ill.) fed Pöck with the pass for his second assist of the season. UMass continued the pressure and went on the fourth power-play opportunity of the evening with seven minutes left in the second period, which turned into another 5-on-3 advantage after a Dartmouth bench penalty. However, the Big Green killed off both UMass chances to stay within striking distance. Dartmouth then went on a 5-on-3 power-play chance that lasted 1:39 with under four minutes to play in the second period and clawed to within one at 3-2 when Hugh Jessiman lasered a shot that clanged off the left post and into the back of the net at the 16:50 mark.
Dartmouth then tied the game at 3-3 just 2:04 into the third stanza when Nathan Szymanski slapped home a rebound through traffic that caught Winer out of position. Lee Stempniak and Dave Thompson assisted on the goal. Dartmouth then went on its fifth power-play opportunity of the game after a UMass holding penalty seven minutes into the final frame, but the Minutemen avoided further damage, killing off the Dartmouth chance. After a good scoring chance by UMass' Mike Warner (Waltham, Mass.), the Big Green went on their sixth power play of the game, with just 6:44 to play. Winer made one save on the attack and the Minutemen were successful in killing the Big Green extra-man chance. Neither team managed much of a chance in the final five minutes, and the Minutemen were heading to overtime for the fourth time in the last seven games.
In the overtime session, UMass had good chances early by John Luszcz (Ludlow, Mass.), but Yacey turned them both away to keep the two teams tied. UMass then had two more glorious chances when Hanson was stoned on a breakaway and Yacey made an incredible, sprawling glove save on a Jarman attempt halfway through the extra session.
The Minutemen will conclude their non-conference slate on Sunday in the second game of the Sheraton / Banknorth Classic against the host team, Vermont. Face-off is at 7:00 p.m. UMass will then step into the second half of Hockey East play with a 2:00 p.m. matchup at UMass Lowell on Jan. 3. For ticket information, call the UMass ticket office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX.