GORHAM, Maine—Junior Garrison Sanipass (Northbrook, Ill.) scored his first two goals since his freshman year, to lead UMass Boston men's hockey past host University of Southern Maine 4-1.
UMass Boston 4, Southern Maine 1
(UMass Boston 4-1, NEHC 2-1)
(Southern Maine 0-2-1, NEHC 0-2-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
UMass Boston struck for two goals in the opening 12 minutes and tacked on two empty-net goals, to earn their second-straight New England Hockey Conference victory.
Sanipass, who missed all but one game during his sophomore season, struck for the Beacons second and fourth goals in the victory. Sophomore Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) tacked on his team-leading seventh goal of the season, while netminder Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) was credited with an empty-net goal.
MacBurnie added 18 saves on 19 shots to improve to 3-0 on the season. For the second time this year, MacBurnie carried a shutout bid into the final five minutes, before giving up a late goal.
Patrick Magliano scored the lone goal for Southern Maine with 1:55 remaining. Freshman Anthony D'Aloisio made 31 saves on 33 shots to fall to 0-1-1 on the season.
UMass Boston took the lead 4:31 into the contest, when Redler scored on the Beacons first shot of the game. Carter and Zack Bross (St. Louis, Miss.) earned assists on the play.
Sanipass doubled the Beacons lead at 11:39, when he skated in on a breakaway and beat D'Aloisio to make it 2-0.
The two teams skated to a scoreless draw in the second period, with MacBurnie making several key gloves to keep the Huskies off the board. Southern Maine's Brett Norman had one of the best chances for the home team when he skated in on a breakaway, but MacBurnie made a vital glove save less than three minutes into the period.
UMass Boston seemingly put the game away 16:53 into the third, when the Huskies scored an own goal with the net empty. MacBurnie was the last player who touched the puck for the Beacons and was credited with the goal.
Magliano cut into the deficit at 18:05, when he scored out in front off passes from Parker Sanderson and Brock Padgham.
The Beacons put the game away for good 15 seconds later. Sanipass scored from just inside the red line on another empty-net goal, with Nachbaur and Cody Wickline (Flower Mound, Texas) picking up assists on the play.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Huskies 35-19, including earning a 13-5 edge in the third period.
- Both teams finished 0-for-2 on the power play.
- The Beacons snapped a two-game losing streak against the Huskies to improve to 16-18-1 all-time.
- MacBurnie is the first Beacon to be credited with a point since Kevin Bendel Jr. ('12) was credited with an assist during the 2011-12 season.
- Sanipass snapped a 14-game scoreless drought that spanned nearly two calendar years. His last goal came on January 30, 2016.
- With the win, MacBurnie matched his win total from his entire freshman year (three). In three starts this winter, Macburnie is 3-0 with a 0.67 goals against average and .963 save percentage.
UMass Boston will look for a 2-0 weekend, when they travel to take on New England College on Saturday at 4 p.m.