New England College Upsets #6/11 Men's Hockey 3-2

New England College Upsets #6/11 Men's Hockey 3-2

HENNIKER, N.H.—New England College used a pair of third-period goals to snap #6/11 UMass Boston's program-record unbeaten streak at 14 in a row Saturday with a 3-2 Pilgrims win at Lee Clement Arena.

Despite building a 2-0 first period lead, UMass Boston couldn't hang on, as New England College earned their second one-goal win of the season over UMass Boston. The Pilgrims improved to 11-5-1 and 7-4-0 in ECAC East play, while the Beacons fell to 13-2-2 and 6-2-2 in ECAC East action. The loss ended UMass Boston's longest unbeaten streak (14 games) and their program-record tying winning streak (11 games) that started November 22, the game directly after the last meeting between the two programs.

Cheyne Matheson led the Pilgrims comeback with a goal in the second period and the game-winning goal with 4:53 remaining. Senior goaltender Sebastian Andersson stonewalled the Beacons for a second time, holding the nation's second leading offense to just two goals on 25 total shots.

UMass Boston senior captain Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) led UMass Boston with a goal and an assist to move into sole possession of ninth-place all-time in career points in UMass Boston program history. The first-line right-winger passed former teammate Eric Tufman ('11) and Eric Friday ('85) to move into the top-10 with his 114 career points. 

Sophomore Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) added the other Beacons tally, with freshman Tyler Bishop (Ramsey, N.J.) picking up an assist.

Billy Faust (Alta Loma, Calif.) dropped the first decision of his collegiate career, despite making 44 saves on 47 shots.

DeAugustine gave UMass Boston a 1-0 lead at the 4:37 mark of the first period, when he took a pass from Daniel and rocketed home a shot for his eighth goal of the year.

The Beacons pushed the lead to 2-0 at 11:51, when Daniel recorded his eight tally of the year. Daniel took a pass from Bishop and slipped a shot just inside the post. 

New England College dominated the remainder of the period, outshooting UMB 14-6 for the period. 

Matheson put the Pilgrims on he board at 6:28 of the second, when he received a pass from John Quinlan and just barely beat Faust to cut the deficit to 2-1. 

The two teams would stay scoreless for the next 22 minutes until the Pilgrims went on the power-play after a penalty on UMB freshman Sam Boyd (Lake Worth, Fla.). Kyle Manlow made the Beacons pay as his shot tickled the twine to even the game at 2-2 at the 9:47 mark.

Manlow's goal set up Matheson for the theatrics, as the sophomore gave New England College a 3-2 advantage with 4:53 to play.

The Beacons failed to muster many chances in the final minutes, as Bishop was whistled off at 2:03 for elbowing, negating any chance the Beacon had of playing 6-on-5. Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) did have a good look with under 10 seconds to play, but his shot was deflected wide by a defenseman to kill the final seconds off the clock.

UMass Boston will be back in action Friday when they host #7/8 Babson College at 7 p.m.