Men's Hockey's Power-Play Earns Beacons 4-3 Win Over UNE On Senior Day
BOSTON, Mass.—Powered by four goals on the man-advantage, #12/14 UMass Boston men's hockey (16-4-3, 9-4-3 ECAC East) slipped by the University of New England (8-14-1, 5-11-0 ECAC East) on Senior Day with a 4-3 victory at the Clark Athletic Ice Arena.
UMass Boston honored the three members of the Class of 2014, Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J), Cam Harvey (Bow, N.H.) and Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and the trio managed to do just enough to keep the celebration going after the game. With the victory, the trio tied the Class of 1985 for second-place all-time in UMass Boston history with their 63 wins in Beacons Blue.
Daniel teamed up with Stephen Buco (North Providence, R.I.) and Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) on the Beacons' top power-play unit, which recorded three of the team's four goals. Buco led the way with two goals and an assist, while Daniel registered the game-winner and two assists and MacIntyre chipped in with three helpers.
Daniel's game-winner helped him move into a tie for first all-time in program history with 11 career game-winning goals, matching former teammate Eric Tufman ('11).
Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) potted the go-ahead goal for UMass Boston who moved to 13-0-1 all-time against the University of New England and 3-0 this season.
Sophomore Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) earned his 12th victory of the season and in the process tied Ryan Donovan ('10) for second-place all-time in program history with his 29th career victory. Andrews, who stopped 17 of 20 shots, stands just five wins shy of Tom Corliss' ('87) school record of 34 collegiate victories.
Jared Melman paced the Nor'Easters with two goals, one of which came on the power-play, while freshman Nick Kolb added a late power-play tally to keep the game interesting. Colby Drost was the tough-luck loser, as he stopped 37 of 41 shots to fall to 8-9-1 on the season.
After a scoreless first period in which UMass Boston outshot the University of New England 11-2, Buco gave the Beacons a 1-0 lead on their second power-play chance of the day. The junior took a feed from Daniel in the left circle and sent a hard shot just inside the near post with Drost struggling to get over in time.
Melman tied it 1-1 at the 11:34 mark with a power-play tally of his own. The junior forward skated out top with the puck from the right circle and roofed a shot just over Andrews glove to tie the score.
He added a second marker just under three minutes later on a broken play in front of the Beacons' net. After the Nor'Easters won an offensive zone face-off, Tom Gildersleeve sent a pass out in front to Trevor Fleurent whose shot was saved by Andrews. Melman followed up on the rebound and lifted it over Andrews for his team-leading 11th goal of the year at the 14:13 mark of the second period.
UMass Boston earned two power-plays at the end of the second period but couldn't convert, leaving the Beacons needing yet another big third period.
Buco answered the call at 1:51 of the third period. Daniel sent a pass off the boards to Buco, who skated parallel to the goal line before taking two strides towards the blue line and burying a shot over Drost's shoulder to the short-side.
The Beacons grabbed a 4-2 lead lead when DeAugustine and Daniel scored back-to-back markers to help UMass Boston fully capitalize on a 5-on-3 opportunity. DeAugustine's goal came on a wrister from the left-circle, while Daniel redirected a blast from MacIntyre from up top to make it 4-2 Beacons at the 7:49 mark.
The University of New England managed to make it a one-goal deficit at 9:18, as the first two Nor'Easters shots went wide of the net on their power-play opportunity, before Kolb lifted it over a sprawled out Andrews to cut the deficit to 4-3.
UMass Boston allowed just two shots the rest of the way to increase their unbeaten streak to four in a row. The Beacons finished the day 4-for-8 on the power-play, while holding the Nor'Easters to a 2-for-6 day.
The Beacons will return to action Friday when they travel to Saint Michael's College for a 7 p.m. puck-drop.