January 20, 2012

Men's Hockey Pulls Out 3-2 Overtime Win over New England College

HENNIKER, N.H. – Just 1:27 into the overtime period, senior Jim Ennis (Roslindale, Mass.) gave men's hockey (8-6-2, 4-5-0 ECAC East) their third straight ECAC East conference win, as he scored the game-winner to give UMass Boston a 3-2 victory over New England College Friday evening at Lee Clement Arena.

Ennis' goal, which was the sixth of the year for the senior captain, was set-up by classmates Andrew Burke (Southampton, Pa.) and Bill Baker (Vancouver, B.C.).  Freshman netminder Alex Scola (Exeter, N.H.) notched the conference victory after posting 38 saves. 

After UMass Boston put two goals on the scoreboard in the second period, the host Pilgrims (8-6-1, 5-3-1 ECAC East) netted two of their own in the third period, the second of which was netted with 1:20 left in regulation.

On the night, UMass Boston was +10 (38-28) in shots as they dominated the first two periods offensively.  New England led the third period in the shots column, but once in overtime, UMass would record the only shot of the period, which was all they needed to avenge their November 5 one-goal loss (4-3) to the Pilgrims.

Overall neither team capitalized on their power-play opportunities as the Beacons went 0-for-4, while the host Pilgrims went 0-for-1.

Friday's contest started off as a one-sided affair as the Beacons led the first two periods 27-10 in shots.  After a scoreless first period, senior Bryan Albert (Redlands, Calif.) put the first dent on the scoreboard for the Beacons at the 6:56 mark.  Assisting on the play was Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) and Mike DeGrazia (Novi, Mich.), who have both recorded at least one point in the Beacons last three games, all of which have been victories. 

Twelve minutes later, UMass Boston made it a two-goal game as Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) recorded his second of the season. The freshmen duo of Faiz Khan (Newhall, Calif.) and Corey Chakeen (Quincy, Mass.) each earned the assist on the play.

Now up by two, the Beacons went into the third looking hold off the Pilgrims in hopes of earning the shutout.  However, New England College came out firing in the final frame of regulation as they outshot UMass Boston 18-10. 

New England got on the scoreboard midway through the final frame on an unassisted goal by Jonathan Boxill.  Six minutes later New England was called for a five-minute major and a 10-minute game misconduct giving the Beacons a huge window of opportunity to blow the game wide-open.

However, the Pilgrims would be the team that found the back of the net as they scored a shorthanded goal to tie the game at 2-2. 

Luckily the Beacons defense would hold off the rallying Pilgrims moving the game into overtime.  It would take the full 1:22 before either team got off a shot on goal.  Ennis' game-winner was the second of the year for the Roslindale native.

Men's Hockey returns to action tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. when they face St. Anselm College.