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.
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.