Springfield, Ma. The U-Mass Minuteman took on the U-Conn Huskies Sunday at the Springfield Civic Center. The Minuteman jumped out to a 3-0 start before the Huskies scored late in the second period. The two teams each played a hard fought third period with the Minuteman sneaking by with a 6-5 win.
The U-Mass Minutemen dominated the first period, but U-Conn Sophomore goalie Artie Imbriano only let one goal by him. Minutemen Freshman Sean Regan scored at the 4:25 mark of the period. U-Mass had the only penalty when senior Martin Miljko was called for interference.
U-Mass continued the domination they had in the first period scoring three more goals in the second period, including two on the power play. The Minutemen scored the first goal of the period by Miljko only 10 seconds into a power play. U-Conn Senior Trent Landry was spending time in the penalty box for hooking. Miljko picked up his second goal of the game when he lit the lamp at the 14:29 mark. The Minutemen added to their lead when Freshman Greg Mauldin scored 3:03 later, while the Minutemen were on a power play. At the time of the goal U-Conn Senior Mike Boylon was in the penalty box for cross checking. U-Conn finally beat U-Mass Senior goaltender Mike Johnson. The U-Conn goal was scored when Boylon made up for his penalty, which led to the fourth U-Mass goal.
The third period started with a goaltender change. The U-Mass Minutemen put Freshman Tim Warner in the net. U-Conn took advantage of the goalie change and Boylon scored his second goal of the game. U-Mass put a three goal lead up again when Mauldon scored his second goal of the game, this time shorthanded while Sophomore Mike Warner was in the box for holding. The Huskies continued to battle and again pulled with in two when they scored 52 seconds later, on the power play against Mike Warner when Freshman Matt Grew scored. The two teams continued to swap goals when U-Mass scored their third goal on the power play when Junior Samuli Jalkanen scored. U-Conn scored their second power play goal at the 16:38 mark of the third period when Senior Anders Johnson scored his first of the game. The Huskies continued to pressure and pulled within a goal. U-Conn Senior Matt Herhall scored at the 19:18 mark of the third period, while U-Conn’s net was empty at the other end for the extra attacker.
The game which started out one sided for the first two periods, saw one team battle back and pull within one goal late in the game. The Huskies were 2 of 6 on the power play and had 4 penalties for 8 minuets. The Minutemen were 3 of 4 on the power play and had 6 penalties for 12 minuets.