BOSTON, Mass. – A three-goal third period proved to be exactly what 15th ranked men's hockey needed as they powered past Skidmore College with a 5-2 New England Hockey Conference win Saturday afternoon at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
#15 UMass Boston 5, Skidmore College 2
UMass Boston (7-1-0, 5-1-0 NEHC)
Skidmore College (0-6-1, 0-5-1 NEHC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Knotted at 2-2 through 48 minutes of action, the Beacons took the lead for the third and final time in Saturday's contest, thanks to a Garrison Sanipass (Northbrook, Ill.) tip-in. The Beacons big-man redirected a Cody Wickline (Flower Mound, Texas) shot to give UMB a 3-2 lead.
The Beacons would then hold that slim lead for the next 10 minutes before scoring back-to-back empty net goals over the final 45 seconds to clinch the win. With the victory, and a Hobart College/Babson College tie the Beacons now sit alone atop the conference standings.
Giving UMB some breathing room on their first empty-netter was Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) who also had an assist on UMB's first goal of the contest. Tyler Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) sealed the victory on his first goal of the season with 40 seconds left before the final horn.
Saturday's contest got off to an interesting start, as the Beacons went on a very early five-minute power-play after Skidmore's Luke Alletzhauser was whistled for hitting from behind. The Beacons would fail to convert on the early man-up opportunity, but would gain the early advantage at the 5:55 mark thanks to Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.).
Skidmore would tie the score for the first time as John Litscher netted his first goal of the year just four minutes later. The score would remain tied at 1-1 heading into the first intermission. Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.) would put UMB back out in front at the 8:16 mark off-of a pass from Wickline. That goal would spark an offensive surge for the Beacons, as they peppered Skidmore's defense and goaltender Brandon Kasel. In what could have been an absolute blowout frame for the Beacons, the Thoroughbreds managed to weather the UMB storm.
Their efforts were rewarded in the final three seconds of the second frame, as they tied the score at 2-2 thanks to a Corey Morgan goal.
Looking as if though Skidmore was going to have the advantage in the third stanza, UMB came out firing and dug deep to earn the three hard fought goals.
On the day, Kasel combined for 32 stops, while Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) improved to 6-0 on the year after making 20 saves. The sophomore netminder is now just one of two undefeated goaltenders in Division III men's hockey with six or more wins, Nick Schmit from Augsburg College sits with a 7-0 record.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the day, the Beacons finished 0-for-2, while Skidmore went 0-for-3 on the power-play
- The Beacons offense registered a total of 37 shots on goal; Skidmore finished with 22 shots
- Wickline and Garrett Gallagher (Aston, Pa.) finished Saturday's win with a pair of assists, while Bross and Redler both had a goal and an assist respectively
- The Beacons are now 13-14-4 against Skidmore College
- Since November 17, 2012 UMass Boston is 7-1-4 against Skidmore
The Beacons will travel to Colby College next Saturday for a 4 p.m. non-conference game.