The Massachusetts (6-1-1, 4-1-0 Hockey East) offense exploded for eight goals-
the most in a single game since 2004-and defeated Connecticut (3-8-0, 3-4-0
AHA) 8-1 on Saturday afternoon, remaining undefeated at home (4-0-1). The
Minutemen are riding a four game win streak and return to conference play
Tuesday night when they host rival Vermont at 7 p.m.
The Minutemen wasted no time getting on the board, scoring just 41 seconds
into the game and on the first shift. In fact, the Mass Attack put up three
goals in the span of 4:04 to open the game--four in the first 10 minutes--and
all four were scored with the forward line of Capraro-Quirk-Davis on the ice.
Cory Quirk scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season at the 41-second
mark, assisted by Chris Capraro and Chris Davis. Mark Matheson, moved back to
defense for the game, scored his second in as many games at 2:35 with the man
advantage. Capraro again was credited with the assist before scoring his first
of two at 4:04. He followed that up with the second power play tally of the
afternoon at 9:58 to make it a 4-0 contest.
Through the first period, shots were 16-9 in favor of UConn, but UMass top
line combined for nine points in the four-goal lead. The Minutemen were 2-for-
3 on the power play and were a perfect 4-4 on the penalty kill. That mark
included an extended 5-on-3 for the visitors.
The Huskies cracked the game three minutes into the middle stanza. Alec
Kirschner made the most of Jon Quick being down in the crease, scoring his
first collegiate goal and bringing UConn to within three. Jarrett Scarpaci and
Chris Myhro assisted on the play.
The Capraro-Quirk-Davis magic continued in the third, when Davis scored his
first of the game at 2:09, assisted by Quirk and Mike Kostka. Quirk added his
second and third of the game at 7:25 and 10:03, respectively, earning his
first collegiate hat trick. Capraro, Davis and Kostka all received assists in
the scoring outburst, bringing the score to 7-1. P.J. Fenton topped the night
off with an unassisted tally at 18:28
Jon Quick made 27 saves in the win, while freshman Dan Meyers saw
approximately 10 minutes of game time in the third, turning away all five
Overall, shots were 33-29 in favor of the visitors. UMass was 2-7 on the PP, a
perfect 6-6 on the PK. Capraro, Davis and Quirk each had five-point nights,
while defenseman Kostka added four helpers. Those marks were all single-game
career bests for the four Minutemen.
The Mass Attack returns to action this Tuesday, November 21 when they face
league rival Vermont at 7 p.m.