Chris Davis scored midway through the third period to lift UMass (5-1-1/4-1-0
Hockey East) over Northeastern (2-6-1/0-5-1 HEA) 2-1 in league play. The
Minutemen remain undefeated at the Mullins Center this season (3-0-1) and
return to the ice next weekend for a nonconference game against Connecticut.
Saturdays game is scheduled to be played at 4 p.m.
Neither team put up a goal in the first, but the Huskies struck first with a
power play goal just 20 seconds into the second. Brett Watson took the
checking from behind penalty at the end of the first to afford the man
advantage for NU, and Mike Morris capitalized with the shot from between the
circles. Steve Birnstill and Kyle Kraemer assisted on the play to put the
visitors up by one.
Massachusetts tied it all up at 6:44 with Mark Mathesons second of the
season. Jon Quick made the pass up to David Leaderer at the near board, who
then made his way up ice with Matheson. Leaderer made the pretty pass across
the crease to the assistant captain at the far side to make it a 1-1 game. The
assist to Quick was the first of the goalies collegiate career.
Davis goal came off of a shot by rookie Justin Braun, slowly trickling over
the goal line to put UMass up by one at 10:36 of the third. Matheson also
assisted on the goal to conclude his two-point night.
The Huskies had a golden opportunity to send the game into overtime, with Matt
Anderson getting called for obstruction hooking with 1:26 remaining. Even with
the 6-on-4 empty net advantage for over a minute, UMass held on for their
Quick was again solid in net, turning away 19 of 20 Northeastern shots in his
sixth start of the season. Overall, shots were 30-20 in favor of the home
team. NU was 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Minutemen were unsuccessful
on six attempts.
Massachusetts now has a week off before facing nonconference rival UConn next
Saturday, November 18. Game time is set for 4 p.m.