BOSTON, Mass.—Junior Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) recorded a goal and assist to become the 16th member of the UMass Boston men's hockey 100-point club and the Beacons used two late goals to defeat Saint Michael's College Friday night.
UMass Boston 4, Saint Michael's 2
(UMass Boston 12-7-3, New England Hockey Conference 7-6-2)
(Saint Michael's 8-13-2, New England Hockey Conference 8-11-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Larkin reached the 100-point mark with his power-play goal 12:19 into the first period. He tacked on an assist on another power-play goal for 101 career points (39 goals, 62 assists) in 80 career contests.
After Saint Michael's tied the game at 12:27 of the third, Ryan Cusin (Detroit, Mich.) and Albee Daley (Averill Park, N.Y.) each scored in the waning minutes to lift the Beacons to a key conference win.
Cusin paced the Beacons with three assists, while Tyler Bishop (Ramsey, N.J.) added two helpers of his own.
Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) tacked on the Beacons' other tally, as they improved to one-game over .500 at home and in conference play.
Freshman Jordan Bustard (Flanders, N.J.) earned his second-straight win by making 26 saves on 28 shots.
Saint Michael's had a pair of players score their first collegiate goal. Senior Pat Houghton got the Purple Knights on the board in the first period with his first goal in 21 career games. Sophomore Jack Ouellette tacked on a power-play goal to tie the game in his 45th collegiate contest.
Chris Johnson was the tough-luck loser, after allowing four goals on 45 shots. Johnson made 18 saves on 19 shots in the second period alone.
Houghton gave the visitors the lead at 10:29 off a rebound from Josh Dickman. The puck fell off Bustard to the near post and Houghton poked it in for a 1-0 advantage. Danny Divis earned the second assist on the goal.
UMass Boston evened the score less than two minutes later. With the Beacons on the power play, Larkin was allowed to walk in from the blue line and then ripped a shot through four players just inside the far post.
Chuckran gave the Beacons their first lead of the game at 8:39 of the second. The sophomore defenseman blasted a shot from the slot that deflected off a defender and in for a 2-1 game.
Ouellette tied the game at 2-2 with a goal just before the Purple Knights' power play expired midway through the third. The sophomore was given space and fired a shot across the goalmouth that beat Bustard's glove for a 2-2 tie. Caleb Lothian and Colin Biebel notched assists on the goal.
UMass Boston responded back with a goal of their own just 53 seconds later. Bishop sent a feed to the far circle for Bryan Carter (Hudson, Mass.) who zipped it right back to the near side for Cusin. The Beacons freshman fired high over Johnson, who was scrambling to get back to the nearside, for a 3-2 advantage.
The Beacons put the game away for good with a power-play goal at 18:32. From behind the net, Larkin fed Cusin, who made the extra pass to a wide-open Daley, for the tap-in to make it 4-2.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Purple Knights 45-28 and earned a 40-32 edge in the face-off dot.
- The Beacons finished 2-for-4 on the power play, while holding Saint Michael's College to a 1-for-5 showing.
- With the win, UMass Boston improves to 15-7-3 all-time against the Purple Knights and stretched the unbeaten streak to 10 (8-0-2). Friday night's match marked the last meeting between the two schools as conference foes.
- UMass Boston earned back-to-back conference wins for the first time all-season with the victory.
UMass Boston will host #1/1 Norwich University on Saturday at 4 p.m. for Senior Day. The Beacons will honor seniors Brett Mason (Rowley, Mass.), Zach Lindsay (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.), Daley and Bishop before the game.