Minutemen Shutout Princeton 4-0 In Non-Conference Tilt
Dec. 29, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Showing no drop-off after an 18-day break in action, the University of Massachusetts hockey team posted its second shutout of the season with a 4-0 win over Princeton on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. Captain Stephen Werner scored two goals and added an assist, while junior Gabe Winer earned his fourth career shutout between the pipes.
UMass improves to 9-10-1 overall, while Princeton falls to 4-10-1 on the season. The Minutemen are now 8-2-0 at home for the year and a staggering 19-6-3 over the last two seasons.
Massachusetts got on the board first in a penalty-marred opening period. UMass defenseman Marvin Degon scored on a power play at 10:41, taking a shot from just inside the blueline beating Princeton's BJ Sklapski high over the shoulder. Werner assisted on the goal, recording his first point in four games, while Degon's tally was his sixth of the year.
Princeton's Darrol Powe just missed the equalizer in the second period from the top-right circle, but UMass netminder Gabe Winer made the quick save--one of his 19 on the night--to keep the Tigers at bay.
Massachusetts added an insurance goal late in the second period when senior Peter Trovato took a pass from sophomore Kevin Jarman to set up Werner at the bottom of the crease. Werner flipped the puck into the top of the goal giving him his 76th career point.
The Minutemen had an opportunity to increase their margin early in the third period as they held a 5-on-3 advantage for the first 45 seconds, but the Tigers were able to successfully kill off the power play.
Werner scored the third UMass goal of the game with 2:17 remaining in the contest. He forced a turnover at the Princeton blueline and launched a shot into the empty net after the Tigers had pulled Sklapski to hold a 6-on-4 advantage.
His second goal of the game moved him just three points out of 16th-place all-time as he now has 77 career points.
Freshman Matt Burto scored the final goal of the game for the Minutemen with just under 30 seconds in regulation after popping the puck just over Sklapski from the bottom right of the crease.
With the win, Winer improves to 7-6-1 on the season, recording his fourth career shutout. Sklapski made a season-high 32 saves, just four shy of his career high for the Tigers to fall to 1-4-0 on the season.
The Minutemen will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 30 when they host Nebraska-Omaha at 7:00 p.m. in the Mullins Center. UMass will welcome all families to the game with a special promotion offering four tickets, four hot dogs, and four drinks for just $30. For ticket information call 1-866-UMASS-TIX or Click Here.