November 17, 2012

Men's Hockey Skates To 4-4 Tie With Skidmore College

BOSTON, Mass.—For a second night in a row the Beacons showed off their immense skill and their extreme youth in front of their home crowd.

After grabbing a 4-0 lead in the first period, the Beacons (1-2-1, 1-2-1 ECAC East) allowed Skidmore College (3-2-1, 3-2-1 ECAC East) to score four unanswered goals en route to a 4-4 overtime tie Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Ice Rink.

Freshman Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) continued his strong start to his career with a goal and an assist. Forwards Mike DeGrazia (Novi, Mich.) added a goal and now has scored in four of the first games for the Beacons.

Sophomore Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) and Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) added the other two goals for UMass Boston.

Senior Zach Menard scored the final two goals for the Thoroughbreds, to help Skidmore extend their unbeaten streak to four against the Beacons.

Freshman goaltender Zach Andrews made 24 saves on 28 shots in the contest. For Skidmore, Spencer Sodokoff made 17 saves on 17 shots in the second and third period to help secure a point for the Thoroughbreds.

Despite dominating the first period, the Beacons were outshot 28-25 by Skidmore. The Beacons saving grace was special teams, as they converted on 2-of-3 opportunities, while the visiting team finished 1-for-2. 

UMass Boston jumped on the scoreboard first when Daniel took a pass from Mike Miller (Wrentham, Mass.) and buried it, to make it 1-0 Beacons.

Just over a minute later at 9:45, DeAugustine scored his second collegiate goal, after receiving passes from line-mates MacIntyre and Kit Sitterley (Mooresville, N.C.).

The Beacons power-play went to work at 12:53, when DeGrazia sent a liner into the netting. Senior Rob Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.) and freshman Max Reavis (Omaha, Neb.) were credited with assists on the play.

MacIntyre finished off the scoring run at 15:22. The 6'5" freshman skated in with DeAugustine on a 2-on-1, and DeAugustine sent a brilliant pass to MacIntyre for the easy finish. 

The four goals would force Skidmore's hand, as freshman Ben Freiberg was pulled during the first period intermission after allowing four goals on eight shots.

Skidmore got a goal back before the period ended, when Brian McQuillan beat Andrews at 19:14 of the first period.

The Thoroughbreds would add two more tallies in the second period behind goals from Brendan Cottam and Menard.

While it looked like UMass Boston might be able to hold on to the one goal lead in the third, Skidmore kept putting pressure on the Beacons defense waiting for their chance. It appeared as if the Thoroughbreds had evened the score with seven minutes to play, but the referees called off a goal due to a high-stick.

But Skidmore College finally broke through with 3:43 to play, when Menard received passes from Tony Giacin and Brad Schuler and beat Andrews to tie the score.

After an intense final three minutes of regulation, neither team put together many good chances in overtime until the final seconds. After a turnover at center-ice, MacIntyre and Sitterley skated in on a 2-on-1 with under 10 seconds to play. MacIntyre drew the defender and left the puck for Sitterley, who's last second shot was denied by Sodokoff just before the horn sounded.

The Beacons will have a quick break before they host Framingham State Tuesday night at 7 p.m.