Oct. 13, 2006
Amherst, MA - Three different Minutemen scored goals and Dan Meyers made 18 saves in net as the University of Massachussets held off Sacred Heart, 3-2, in season opening men's ice hockey action Friday night at the Mullins Center.
The Pioneers jumped on top first when senior Peter Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY) netted his first goal at the 5:34 mark of the first period. Freshman Dave Jarman (Tornoto, ON) carried the puck over the Minuteman blueline and dropped it off the Ferraro who flipped a shot over the shoulder of UMass goaltender Dan Meyers. The assist was Jarman's first collegiate point. The Minutemen tied the game just 1:17 later when Matt Burto took a pass from P.J. Fenton and flipped a wrist shot past Pioneer goaltender Jason Smith (St. Lambert, QC).
The Pioneers Charles Veilleux (Quebec City, QC) was called for interference at the end of the first period, and the Minutemen took advantage of the extra man and a fresh sheet of ice, scoring 1:08 into the second period to take the lead. Kevin Jarman took an up ice pass from Will Ortize, moved over the line and fired a shot into the back of the net.
The Minutemen went up 3-1 with 4:45 left in the middle stanza when Martin Nolet registered his first goal. After an initial shot by Mike Kostka was stopped by Smith, Nolet was standing on the doorstep to pound home the rebound.
Freshman Nick Johnson (Winsdor, CT) brought the Pioneers to within 3-2 at the 11:36 mark of the third period. Senior Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) brought the puck over the blueline and slipped a pass to Johnson who fired a shot high into the net for his first goal as a Pioneer.
UMass dominated the game offensively for long stretches in the second period and out shot the Pioneers for the game 36-20. Smith made 33 saves to keep the Pioneers in the game while Meyers stopped 18 shots to earn the victory.
Although we had a letdown in the second period I liked what I saw overall, especially from our powerplay," head coach Shaun Hannah said. "Still, despite the opponent, the idea is always to win the game."
The Pioneers open their Atlantic Hockey schedule Saturday night when they visit Army. Game time at Tate Rink is 7:00 pm.