January 19, 2013

#15/18 Men's Hockey Fends Off New England College 5-4

BOSTON, Mass.—Tim Richter (Nagatuck, Conn.) scored midway through the third period and #15/18 UMass Boston (13-3-1, 6-3-1 ECAC East) held off New England College (5-10-2, 4-6-1 ECAC East) 5-4 Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Ice Arena.

The victory gave the Beacons their first two-game winning streak against the Pilgrims since 1992 and brought the Beacons all-time record against New England College to 12-26-1.

In a back-and-forth contest in which both teams scored three straight goals, Richter's goal at 10:47 proved to be the difference, as it gave UMB a 5-3 lead.

Richter added an assist, while freshman Max Reavis (Omaha, Neb.) finished with a goal and two assists. 

Fellow freshman Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) added a goal and an assist, while Kit Sitterley (Mooresville, N.C.) and Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) each found the back of the net once.

James O'Reilly chipped in with two goals for the Pilgrims to add to his team-high eight markers, while Andreas Persson and Johan Qvarfordt capped off the scoring with a goal apiece.

Freshman Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) overcame a shaky start to make 27 saves for his 11th win of the season.

On the other side, Shawn Sirman made 41 saves on 46 shots, including 15 saves in the second and third period. 

The Beacons grabbed the lead 68 seconds into the contest, when Reavis took a feed from Mike DeGrazia (Novi, Mich.) and Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J) and slammed it home. 

Sitterley made it 2-0 Beacons at the 3:46 mark, when MacIntyre found him in the slot for a slapshot that was just out of the reach of Sirman's reach.

New England College answered right back with three straight goals, to grab a 3-2 lead 1:22 into the second period. 

The Pilgrims continued to control the puck possession and had the better chances for the majority of the first and second period, until Grinhaus tied the score at three. The junior forward ripped a shot by Sirman at 18:20 to swing the momentum in UMB's favor. Richter and freshman Derek Colucci (North Scituate, R.I.) picked up assists on the play. 

UMass Boston would grab the lead for good 4:51 into the final period, when MacIntyre went in an odd-man rush with Reavis and Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and found the twine. Both Reavis and DeAugustine each recorded assists on the play.

The Beacons put the game away at 10:47, when Richter converted on the power-play. The senior forward took passes from Reavis and Rob Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.) and sent a high-shot under the crossbar to make it 5-3 in favor of the Beacons.

New England College cut the deficit to 5-4 with 26 seconds left when O'Reilly scored an extra-man goal to put the pressure on the Beacons; vut Colucci won the ensuing faceoff for the Beacons and time expired before the Pilgrims could even get a shot off. 

The Beacons outshot the Pilgrims 46-31 on the day and finished 1-for-5 on the power-play on eight shots. New England College finished 0-for-2 on the power-ply with three shots. 

UMass Boston will have a few days off before they renew their inter-state rivalry with ECAC East foe Babson College Friday night at 7 p.m at the Babson Skating Center.