BOSTON, Mass.--#1/1 Norwich University scored three power-play goals to stretch their unbeaten streak to 18 games, as the Cadets earned a 4-1 win over UMass Boston on the Beacons' Senior Day.
#1/1 Norwich 4, UMass Boston 1
(UMass Boston 12-8-3, NEHC 7-7-2)
(Norwich University 20-1-3, NEHC 15-1-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Cadets scored twice in the opening 2:07 of periods and another goal with two seconds left in the first, to deny the Beacons their fifth win in six home games against Norwich.
Prior to the contest, UMass Boston honored their five members of the Class of 2017. Albee Daley (Averill Park, N.Y.), Tyler Bishop (Ramsey, N.J.), Zach Lindsay (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.), Brett Mason (Rowley, Mass.) and team manager Liam Cavanagh have combined for a 74-23-11 mark over their four seasons. The 74 wins marks the second-most wins for a class in program history.
Freshman Ryan Cusin (Detroit, Mich.) was the lone Beacon to score in the contest, as he picked up his league-leading 39th point. Fellow freshmen Dante Suffredini (Detroit, Mich.) and Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.) earned assist on the play.
In net, Jordan Bustard (Flanders, N.J.) kept the Beacons in the game all afternoon, by making 33 saves on 37 shots. The freshman stopped at least 10 shots in every period, including 12 in the final stanza.
2015 ECAC East Player of the Year William Pelletier potted a pair of power-play goals and added an assist for a 3-point day. Fellow seniors Cody Smith and Nick Pichette added tallies for the Cadets, who wrapped up the New England Hockey Conference Regular Season Title last Saturday.
In net, Braeden Ostepchuk improved to 12-0-0 by making 24 saves on 25 shots.
Norwich needed just 127 seconds to take an early lead. After the Beacons were whistled for a penalty 33 seconds in, Pelletier completed a give-and-go with Kevin Salvucci and buried a hard wrister from the slot at 2:07.
The Cadets doubled their lead with just 2.4 seconds remaining in the first period. After UMass Boston earned a power play, the Cadets drew a penalty while shorthanded to earn their third power play of the period. With the clock ticking down on the period, Smith's blast from the left point deflected off traffic in front and over Bustard's shoulder for a 2-0 lead.
UMass Boston got themselves back into the game at 8:30 of the second. Nachbaur's initial shot was blocked and fell to Suffredini in the slot. The defenseman spun and sent a soft pass wide of the goal to Cusin, who blasted a high shot over Ostephcuk for a 2-1 deficit.
Norwich cut down the Beacons' comeback hopes with a goal at 17:27 of the period. Payton Baldillez's shot was blocked by Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.), but the rebound fell right to Pichette. With Bustard still getting in position after the blocked shot, Pichette wristed a shot through the five-hole for a 3-1 lead.
The Cadets put the game away for good thanks to another Beacons penalty on the power play. With time running down on the second period, UMass Boston was called for too many players on the ice. Pelletier made the Beacons pay 42 seconds into the third, when he beat Bustard five-hole off a centering feed from Tyler Piacentini.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Special teams played a huge part in Saturday's game. Norwich finished 3-for-5, while UMass Boston went 0-for-5. The Beacons only had one full two-minute power play chance.
- Norwich earned a 37-25 advantage in shots and 42-31 edge in face-offs. The Beacons 25 shots marked their fewest in a game since the Beacons finished with 24 on November 21, 2015 in a 3-2 win at the University of Southern Maine.
- Norwich improved to 40-10 all-time against the Beacons and secured the regular-season sweep with the win.
- The Beacons' Senior Class potentially played their final game at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink. In four season, they amassed a 39-12-4 record in front of the home fans.
UMass Boston will take to the road for the final two games of the regular season. UMass Boston will travel to New England College on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and end the regular season on Saturday at 4 p.m.