BOSTON, Mass. – In the final game of 2012 men's hockey saw some of their newest members take center stage as five different freshmen each found the back of the net to lead the Beacons to a 5-2 win over ECAC East rival the University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.
At the other side of the freshman goalie Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) anchored the Beacons defense to lead UMB to their best overall start to a season since the 1987-88 campaign when they 8-2-0. With Saturday's victory UMass improved to 7-2-1, 3-2-1 in the conference, while the Huskies dropped to 4-4-0, 3-4-0 in the ECAC East.
The Beacons got their first goal from Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) midway through the first period. The 6'5" forward crushed his sixth goal of the season into the back of the Huskies cage to give the Beacons the early lead. Picking up the assist on the goal was classmates Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Kit Sitterley (Mooresville, N.C.).
Southern Maine would then respond with their first goal of the afternoon to tie the score at 1-1. Angelo Vrachnas tallied his second score of the season at the 15:38 mark. With time winding in the period it looked as if both teams would go into the first intermission deadlocked at one-goal a-piece. However that all changed when Mike Miller (Wrentham, Mass.) pushed UMB back out in front with his fourth goal of the year at the 19:24 mark.
After the break, Southern Maine did manage to tie the score at 2-2 with Sam Guimond netting his second goal of the season. However the tie would last only three minutes as Sitterley put UMB up by one on his fourth goal of the season. MacIntyre earned the assist on the play, the third of his rookie campaign.
The third period would be all UMB from start to finish. Despite trailing the Huskies in shots in all three periods, UMass would get a pair of goals in the final frame to close out the victory, their fifth straight. Max Reavis (Omaha, Neb.) gave the Beacons a two-goal lead at the 9:16 mark, while a Jeremy Finger (Orlando, Fla.) empty-netter secured the win with 45 seconds left in the contest.
For Andrews, Saturday's win was perhaps his best overall performance this season, as the Florida native recording 30 stops. Southern Maine goalie Josh Hillegas totaled 19 saves to fall to 4-3-0. Andrews improved to 6-2-1 on the year.
As a squad the Beacons penalty-kill held the Huskies scoreless on their three power-play attempts. UMB, who entered Saturday's contest as the top-ranked team in the country on man-up situations, did not register a power-play goal on their four chances.
Men's Hockey will now take a month off from competition before returning to the ice on January 5 when they host the 48th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament. The Beacons will face Wentworth Institute of Technology in the first round of the second-longest running college hockey invitational in the country.