LIVE HOCKEY BLOG: UMass At Rensselaer
Oct. 21, 2008
Hello from historic Houston Field House as UMass and Rensselaer meet on the ice for the first time since 2002. John Sinnett and Matt Houde from the media relations office here to help bring you all the exciting action.
6:19 PM - We are about 40 minute away from the opening face-off and fans are starting to filter into the building. It's an interesting setup as the Houston Field House is undergoing some transition. RPI is in the midst of a big construction project and the back part of the building is closed off due to construction.
Looks like we will have our first band of the season and the Engineer Pep Band is warming up.
There is streaming video, live stats and live audio for the game along with the blog. All the links can be found on the schedule page and in the preview we put up yesterday.
The Minutemen are in their road maroon uniforms with white trim, while RPI is wearing white jersey's with red pants and red trim on the sweaters.
It's an interesting rink as the radio broadcasters on located on a cat-walk platform that hangs directly over the ice. Reminds me of Cameron Indoor Stadium - the home of Duke Basketball.
All in all - it should be a great game tonight. UMass is well rested and looking to get off to a fast start before heading to New Hampshire on Friday, while RPI is looking to crack the win column after an 0-3 start - all one goal games including a 1-0 loss to New Hampshire.
Back with starting lineups in a few minutes.
6:36 PM - Your starters for UMass tonight are Chase Langeraap (left wing), Casey Wellman (center), Chris Davis (right wing), Martin Nolet (left defense), Justin Braun (right defense) and Dan Meyers in goal for the third straight game.
Langeraap is back in the lineup after missing a good portion of last season and the first two games of this season due to injury. Also back in the lineup tonight will be John Wessbecker on defense. Wessbecker missed the second half of last season.
For RPI, Kevin Beauregard (left wing), Garett Vassel (center), Justin Smith (right wing), Brayn Brutlag (left defense), Erik Burgdoerfer (right defense) and Mathias Lange will start in goal.
A notable addition to the RPI lineup is left winger Andrei Uryadov who was the Engineers' third leading scorer last year. He was suspended according to several local media sources for the first several games, but has been reinstated and will dress tonight. He is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, and was called for 89 penalty minutes last season including three game misconducts which the papers speculated was part of the reason for his suspension.
7:03 PM - And we're underway...doesn't look like a sellout tonight at Houston with this being a Tuesday night game. This is RPI's third game in five days for those of you keeping count.
7:10 PM - Obligatory shoutout to Jeff Smith - the athletic trainer for the hockey team. Just wanted to make sure that got taken care of for the game.
RPI is playing well having two solid scoring chances in the first five minutes. Their forecheck has been strong and has stopped a couple breakout chances for the Minutemen.
The first penalty of the night is called on RPI's Chase Polacek for interference. RPI is 18-for-19 on the penalty kill tonight.
7:16 - Make it 19-for-20 for the RPI PK and 2-for-11 for the UMass PP.
7:24 - Chris Davis scores his first goal of the season thanks to a rebound-putback. John Wessbecker is credited with the assist - his first of the season in his first game action since last November - a span of 24 games.
7:27 PM - Just like that, it's 2-0 with a Doug Kublin goal - the first of his career. Credit the assists to James Marcou and Cory Quirk. Kublin scored on an absolute laser from the top of the left circle that went through traffic and tucked just under the cross bar.
7:29 PM - Chase Langeraap is whistled for UMass' first penalty of the game with 18 seconds remaining in the first period. He was called for roughing. It was a matching minor with RPI's No. 2 Erik Burgdoerfer. Both players will be in the box for 1:43 when we start the second period. At the end of the first period, its UMass 2, RPI 0.
7:40 PM - Halftime stats: UMass is outshooting RPI 20-to-8 and is 0-for-1 on the power play, while RPI is 0-0 with Langeraap's roughing being a matching minor with Burgdoerfer.
7:54 PM - A bench minor has been whistled on RPI for too many men on the ice. UMass has been keeping the pressure on the Engineers early in the second period.
7:58 - RPI killed off the penalty to improve to 20-for-21 on the PK. Jordan Virtue was just whistled for interferene with 11:40 remaining in the period. The defense for UMass is playing well with Meyers making 12 saves so far and the D-men keeping the crease clear of any dangerous situations.
8:03 - John Wessbecker is now whistled for tripping after the Virtue penalty was killed off. Coming into the game tonight, UMass had just committed eight penalties in the first two games, while tonight they have three midway through the second period.
8:08 PM - UMass just weathered a storm coming off that penalty. After the game returned to even strength, RPI threw a flurry of shots at Dan Meyers. UMass was caught with the same line-up on the ice for roughly two straight minutes. Meyers made several nice saves and the Minutemen broke up several point-blank, cross crease passes. Eventually, John Wessbecker was able to clear the puck out of the zone to get a line change.
A minute later and Danny Hobbs tallies his first goal as a Minuteman to make the score 3-0.
8:26 PM - Entering the third period, UMass has seven goals scored this season by six different skaters. This is also the obligatory time that I tell people that last season we were 14-3-2 when scoring three-or-more goals in a game (1-0-0 this season).
Quirk's assist tonight was his 76th career point and his 44th career assist. He ranks 22nd all-time in career points and 21st all-time in career assists at UMass.
And now the third period begins... 8:41 PM - UMass tacks on a fourth goal on a pretty break away for UMass. Chris Davis scored his second of the game with the assist going to Chase Langeraap in his first game of the season. Davis drove down the left board, crashed the net, dangled the puck switching to his back hand driving the puck and RPI goalie Mathias Lange past the goal line.
8:45 PM - Add another goal as Casey Wellman intercepts a pass outside the offensive zone, drives in and launches a laser beam under the cross bar for his first collegiate goal. 10 different players have scored a point tonight (18 skaters and two goalies dressed.
8:54 PM - A penalty on RPI gives UMass a power play which Topher Bevis quickly converts into his second goal of the season - just the second power play goal allowed by RPI this season. Martin Nolet and Mike Lecomte were credited with the assists. That makes 12 different skaters tonight who have a scored a point.
8:57 PM - Well things are getting a little touchy on the ice now. Chris Davis was just give a 5-minute major and a game misconduct. Couldn't see what he did to deserve it, but RPI will be on the power play for the final three minutes of the game.
9:00 PM - A bench minor was just called on RPI to put the game at even strength for the final 1:18 - there may be a riot as the RPI fans are none too happy right now.
9:53 PM - The game finished 6-0 for UMass. It was our biggest shutout win since beating Army 8-0 on Nov. 22, 1996. It was also the first shutout win for Dan Meyers. For RPI, it was their first game this season decided by more than a one-goal margin.
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