AMHERST, Mass. - The sixteenth-ranked Mass Attack provided a thrilling 2-1 victory over No. 6 Boston College (8-5-1, 5-3-1 HEA) in front of 6,342 fans on Friday night, thus earning its second-straight win over the ranked Eagles. Matt Burto scored the gamewinner and Chris Davis notched a power play goal in the win, improving UMass to 8-4-2 overall, 5-3-1 in conference play.
While neither team could generate much offense in the first, UMass took the lead at 8:54 of the second on the power play. Davis was credited with the goal, taking a cross-crease pass from linemate Cory Quirk and beating Cory Schneider on the stick side. Chris Capraro also assisted on the play. The goal was Davis' fifth of the season and first since Nov. 18 vs. UConn.
The Eagles knotted it back up at the 10:55 mark, scoring with both teams down a man. Dan Bertram tallied the unassisted goal from the faceoff circle, his third of the season. He intercepted the puck and skated in on Jon Quick for the 1-1 score.
Burto regained the one-goal lead for the Minutemen at 17:07, his first goal since the season opener vs. Sacred Heart. Captain Matt Anderson flipped the puck up to Alex Berry in the neutral zone to start the play, with Burto taking the long pass from Berry. He skated in all alone on Schneider and slipped in the go-ahead goal. That score would stand through the end of the stanza.
Though outshooting UMass 40-23 overall and pulling Schneider in the waning moments of the game in favor of the extra attacker, the Eagles were not able to score the equalizer and the Minutemen recorded their second-straight over BC. Jon Quick was sharp in net, turning away 39 shots and improving to 7-4-2 on the season.
The home-and-home with Boston College concludes Saturday night in Chestnut Hill. Game time is set for 7 p.m. That game will conclude the first half of the 2006-07 season for the Minutemen, who will break for exams and the holiday before returning to action in late December. The Minutemen will face Ferris State in the opening game of the Dodge Holiday Classic, hosted by the University of Minnesota, on Dec. 29.