Friday, November 16, 2007
Goaltenders shine as BC and UMass skate to 1-1 tie
Two freshman goaltenders combine for 71 saves
AMHERST, Mass. - The #14 UMass hockey team battled to a 1-1 draw with #9 Boston College in front of 7,319 fans on Friday night the Mullins Center. The only scoring came in the second period with senior defenseman Mike Kostka (Ajax, Ontario) putting home the tying goal for UMass on the power play. UMass is now 4-2-4 overall, 2-1-4 HEA, while BC moves to 3-2-5 overall, 2-1-4, HEA. The two teams will meet again Saturday night at 7 P.M. at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. with radio coverage on UMassAthletics.com
In the third period, Boston College outshot UMass 14-6 and had two power play opportunities, but was unable to penetrate UMass' defense. Both goaltenders stayed strong in the overtime period, with each turning away three shots.
Freshman goaltender Paul Dainton (Fort McMurray, Alberta) tallied 34 saves on the night for UMass, while BC's freshman goaltender John Muse (East Falmouth, Mass.) stopped 37 shots.
Kostka's goal tying goal came with just 1:16 remaining in the second period. Sophomore forward Will Ortiz (Framingham, Mass.) fed a pass from junior forward Chris Davis (Simsbury, Conn.) to Kostka right in front of the crease for the power play goal.
The Eagles' lone goal also came on the power play. Junior forward Nathan Gerbe (Oxford, Mich.) was able to sneak the puck past Dainton's left skate after a pass from freshman forward Joe Whitney just 51 seconds into the second period. Sophomore forward Ben Smith also assisted on the goal.
UMass was unable to take advantage of two power opportunities, including a brief two-man advantage in the first period. The Minutemen also had a 15-8 advantage in shots.
UMass held a slight edge in total shots on goal with 38 to BC's 35.
The Mass Attack remains undefeated at home this season with a 2-0-2 record.