HENNIKER, N.H. – With a four-point showing by senior Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) men's hockey earned a huge conference win as they defeated New England College by the final of 5-4 Saturday afternoon in a New England Hockey Conference contest.
UMass Boston 5, New England College 4
UMass Boston (5-1-0, 3-1-0 NEHC)
New England College (2-4-0, 1-3-0 NEHC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In a crucial NEHC contest, the Beacons got a goal from Larkin at the 13:16 mark of the first period, and 9:06 mark of the second. The senior All-American would then assist on the game-winning goal, which was scored at 6:03 on the power-play by Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.).
With that the goal, the Beacons led 5-3, but with a tally by NEC's Mike Whitehair one minute-34 seconds later things got even more interesting in Saturday's heated contest.
Both teams would increase the pressure over the final 10+ minutes, but with some key saves by sophomore netminder Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.), UMB was able to secure the four-point weekend.
A majority of the scoring in Saturday's contest, took place in the second period. UMB held the advantage 3-2 in goals, with Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.) and Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) also finding the back of the net. Redler and Bross also had multi-point showing in Saturday's win, with both players earn assists as well.
MacBurnie registered his first two-win weekend of the 2017-18 season after making 27 stops. Southern Maine transfer Kyle Shapiro tallied 28 saves, and fell to 1-4 on the year.
BY THE NUMBERS
- MacBurnie improved to 4-1 on the year with the victory
- The Beacons finished 2-for-3 on the power-play, while NEC finished 1-for-5
- UMass Boston edged the Pilgrims in shots 28-27
- With the weekend, UMass Boston sits tied for third in the NEHC with six points alongside Babson College
- Since 2014 the Beacons are 4-2-1 against the Pilgrims
- All-time Saturday's contest marked the 48th meeting with NEC
The Beacons will host Hobart College on Friday at 7 p.m. in a conference game.