February 2, 2013

Freshman Duo Lifts #10/13 Men's Hockey Over Castleton State 2-1

RUTLAND, Vt.—Freshman Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) made history in net and freshman Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) accounted for all the scoring, as #10/13 UMass Boston (16-3-2, 9-3-2 ECAC East) knocked off Castleton State College (13-7-2, 8-6-1) 2-1 Saturday afternoon at the Spartan Arena.

Andrews earned his program-record 14th win of the season behind his best collegiate performance. The freshman netminder made 32 stops on 33 shots including stopping the final 23 shots he saw. Over the final two periods of play, Andrews made nine saves in the second and 11 more in the third, to hand Castleton State their second-straight loss.

Fellow freshman Peter MacIntyre provided all the offense Andrews would need, as he scored his third and fourth goals of the weekend. The freshman left-winger scored twice in the first 12 minutes, to up his season total to a team-high 16 goals on the year. He also recorded his second-straight game-winning goal and is second on the Beacons with three on the season.

The Beacons pair of freshman ruined Senior Day for Castleton State, as UMass Boston defeated the Spartans in Vermont for the first time since February 2005.

Senior forward Josh Harris scored Castleton's lone tally, as the Spartans celebrated the six members of their senior class in front of a crowd of almost 400.

Junior goaltender Erick Cinotti picked up the loss, despite making 21 saves on 23 shots.

MacIntyre put the Beacons ahead 1-0 at the 8:04 mark, when he took a pass from Cam Harvey (Bow, N.H.) and rammed it home. Harvey assisted on both goals in the game and sits seconds amongst Beacons defenseman with nine points.

Less than three minutes later MacIntyre made it 2-0, when he took passes from Harvey and Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and found the back of the net. 

Harris gave the Spartans life two minutes later with his 13th goal of the season, but it was all Castleton State could muster against the Beacons.

Despite outshooting the Beacons 33-23 and earning five more power-play opportunities, Castleton State couldn't solve Andrews. 

The Beacons goalie and defense killed off four Castleton power-play chances in the second and one more late in the third, to tie their season-long unbeaten streak at eight games.

UMass Boston will return to action Friday when they travel to Gorham, Maine for a 7:00 p.m. tilt against the University of Southern Maine.