AMHERST, Mass.-- UMass Hockey settled for a 3-3 tie on Saturday night versus Clarkson
University. The Minutemen (1-0-1, 0-0-0 HEA) received goals from P.J. Fenton,
Chris Davis and Cory Quirk, while Jon Quick made 27 saves against the Golden
Knights (3-0-1, 0-0-0 ECACHL), who are receiving votes in the USA Today
Division I poll.
The Mass Attack wasted no time in getting on the board, scoring just 1:39 into
the contest. Fenton was credited with the tally, his first of the season and
second point in as many nights. Quirk circled behind the Clarkson net and
passed the puck up to Fenton at the bottom of the near circle, who's shot beat
goalie David Leggio on the glove side for the 1-0 score.
The Golden Knights' David Cayer tied it all up with a power play goal at 5:57,
assisted by Nick Dodge. With Quirk in the box for hooking, Dodge's pass from
the top of the slot found Cayer just to the right of UMass netminder Quick.
The shot was lifted behind the home goalie to make it a 1-1 game.
The teams exchanged goals in the second, both on the power play. Clarkson's
Dodge notched his second point of the game at 11:03, assisted by Philippe
Paquet and Cayer for the 2-1 lead. But UMass' Davis answered with his own
extra-attacker goal at 12:13 to even it all back up. Mark Matheson had the
initial shot from the blueline, but Davis tipped it at the top of the crease
for his first goal of the season. Matt Anderson also assisted on the play that
made it a 2-2 game.
Quirk regained the lead for the Minutemen at 6:08 of the third with his first
goal of 2006-07. The sophomore stayed with the Clarkson defense in front of
their own net and stripped a player of the puck. Quirk deked and beat the
goalie stick side for the 3-2 score.
The Golden Knights tied it up for the second time in the game at 9:50 with a
goal by Tim Marks. It was assisted by Shea Guthrie and Chris D'Alvise. Guthrie
was able to work the puck from behind the UMass net before passing it up to a
waiting Marks at the crease.
Neither team would regain the lead in the third, forcing overtime. Clarkson
was afforded 15 second of power play to close out the OT, but the teams ended
the contest tied at three apiece.
Overall, shots were 34-30 UMass. Clarkson was 2-for-6 on the power play, while
the Minutemen were 1-for-7.
Massachusetts now faces a bye week before opening conference play against New
Hampshire on October 26. It closes up that weekend at Maine on October 28.