MANCHESTER, N.H. – Less than 24 hours after winning an overtime battle men's hockey (9-6-2, 5-5-0 ECAC East) continued their winning ways as they skated to a 3-2 win over St. Anselm College (6-5-3, 3-5-2 ECAC East), in ECAC East conference action Saturday afternoon. The victory marked the first for the Beacons over the Hawks since the 1999-2000 campaign.
After falling into a 1-0 hole after the first period, the Beacons tied the score at 1-1 on a Faiz Khan (Newhall, Calif.) even strength goal. UMass Boston then jumped out to a 2-1 lead following a Bryan Albert (Redlands, Calif.) even strength score. The Beacons would maintain their one-goal lead going into the second intermission.
In the third, St. Anselm tied it all up at two goals a-piece on a power-play score by Tucker Mullin, who also netted the Hawks first goal of the night as well. Scoring the game-winner with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation was Andrew Burke, off of an Anthony Fitti (Watertown, Pa.) and Jim Ennis (Roslindale, Mass.) assist.
Kevin Bendel (Denville, N.J.) remained strong between the pipes as he tallied 41 saves to improve to 5-4 on the year. Across the ice Robert Kang was handed his first loss of the season despite coming up with 23 stops in the contest.
For head coach Peter Belisle, his first win over the Hawks marked the second straight weekend where UMass Boston recorded back-to-back victories over ECAC East opponents. Riding the momentum of last week's win over previously unbeaten Norwich, and yesterday's overtime victory over New England College, UMass Boston has quickly climbed the conference standings, and are currently sitting in sixth place overall behind Babson College.
UMass will face the Beavers in a home-home next weekend in what should be another crucial weekend as the Beacons look to continue their recent hot-streak.
On the night the Beacons did not go on the power-play once, while St. Anselm went just 1-for-2 in what was a very clean hard fought affair between the two squads.
Men's Hockey returns to the Clark Athletic Center on Friday when they host Babson College at 7 p.m.