Mass Attack Upsets No. 2 Boston University In Friday Night Thriller, 3-2
Oct. 16, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass hockey team upset No. 2 Boston University 3-2 on Friday night at the Mullins Center in front of 8,123 fans. Will Ortiz netted the game-winning goal two minutes into the third period while Alex Chiasson tallied two goals for the Terriers (0-1-0). Rocco Carzo and Matt Irwin also netted goals for the Mass Attack. Paul Dainton made 39 saves in goal for the Minutemen (2-0-0), and Kieran Millan stopped 23 shots for the Terriers.
The Terriers outshot Massachusetts 41-26 for the game, while the Minutemen went 0-for-4 on the power play. Boston University was 1-for-3 on the man advantage.
The Minutemen jumped out to an early two-goal lead in the first period, but a Boston University power-play goal brought it to 2-1 heading into the first intermission. Carzo got his second goal in as many games five minutes into the stanza off a pass from Ortiz. After the puck squirted into the corner, Ortiz gathered it and swung around the net to dish a hard pass to Carzo in front for the score.
Massachusetts made it 2-0 three minutes later on Irwin's third of the season. Off the faceoff, Irwin controlled the puck at the blueline. He then let a rocket go from the point that found its way through traffic and past Millan.
When T.J. Syner was sent off for hooking 12 minutes into the frame, Chiasson netted his first goal of the season after a scrum in front. Dainton made an initial save off a Wade Megan shot, but Chiasson picked up the rebound and pounded it under Dainton's sprawled glove for the score.
The Terriers outshot the Minutemen 15-10 throughout the second period, and tied the score at two six minutes into the frame. Chiasson netted his second goal of the night off a pass from Corey Trivino. After Trivino took a pass from Kevin Shattenkirk, Trivino fed Chiasson down low at the doorstep, who snuck the puck past Dainton for the goal.
The Minutemen had several opportunities to notch the go-ahead goal, but Millan stood his ground to keep UMass at two. When Massachusetts went on the power play with under two minutes to play in the period, the Minutemen pelted Millan with shots, but the Terrier netminder refused to allow the puck past him.
Although the Terriers outshot UMass 16-4 during the third period, it was the Minutemen who tallied the lone goal to walk off with the win. Ortiz netted his first goal of the season two minutes into the third period after Danny Hobbs threw the puck in front. Ortiz was able to redirect the puck past Millan for the goal.
Boston University refused to give in, however, as the Terrier forwards pounded Dainton with shots throughout the remainder of the game. But Dainton and the UMass defense turned away every Boston University bid to ice the game.