BOSTON, Mass.--#6/9 UMass Boston scored three goal in each of the first two periods, and held on to earn a thrilling 7-5 win over Babson College Saturday afternoon at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
#6/9 UMass Boston 7, Babson College 5
(UMass Boston 10-2, NEHC 5-2)
(Babson College 6-4-1, NEHC 5-2-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Six different Beacons scored in the win, to help UMass Boston earn a split in the annual home-and-home series between the two programs.
Sophomore Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) paced the Beacons with two goals and an assist and was one of five Beacons to finish +4 on the day. Redler's linemates Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) and Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) each tacked on a goal and an assist in the win.
Defensemen Garrett Gallagher (Aston, Pa.), Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) and Bryan Carter (Hudson, Mass.) also all scored in the win. Junior defenseman John Bonno (Kennesaw, Ga.) led the Beacons with two assists in the win.
Sophomore Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) got back into the win column by making 25 saves on 30 shots.
Ryan Gouveia, Rob Devaney and Matt McMorrow each recorded a team-best one goal and two assists in the loss.
Sophomore Matt Pompa made 24 saves on 30 shots, a day after stopping a career-high 41 saves on 44 shots.
For the second-straight night, UMass Boston jumped on the board early. Carter took a beautiful drop pass from Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.) at the blue line and sent an absolute snipe through traffic to score with three second remaining on the power play.
Gouveia tied the game at 11:43, when he scored off a scramble in front, in which the Beacons couldn't clear the puck.
Redler gave the Beacons the lead back at 15:36, when he tipped Bonno's shot past Pompa.
UMass Boston doubled their lead with 21 seconds left in the period, after Bross fed Larkin in the circle and the senior captain wristed a shot past Pompa.
The Beacons made it 4-1 24 seconds into the second. Redler found a streaking Bross in the neutral zone and the freshman was able to bury a shot just inside the far post.
Babson came streaking back moments later, when Devaney and Charlier Ackerman (power-play) scored at 3:15 and 4:05.
The Beacons came up a with a vital response at 6:45, when Gallagher's one-timer snuck through Pompa's five-hole. Bonno and Jack Riley (Wrentham, Mass.) earned assists on the play.
Chuckran made it 6-3 at 10:05, when his wrister from the puck floated through traffic and past Pompa. Fourth-liners Dakota Keene (Poland, Maine) and Justin Holliday (Akron, Ohio) were credited with assists.
Matt McMorrow gave the Beavers renewed life with a power-play goal at 16:31.
Babson cut the deficit to 6-5 at 14:23 of the third, when Ryan McDougall's shot deflected off Nick Rosa and in.
UMass Boston closed out the scoring at 18:59, when Redler sent a shot through four Babson players for an empty-net goal.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Beavers 31-30 and held a 34-30 edge in face-offs.
- Larkin has now scored in a point in all 11 games he's played against Babson. The senior has recorded nine goals and eight assists in those 11 games.
- UMass Boston improved to 17-40-6 with the win and snapped a three-game losing streak against the Beavers.
- With the win, UMass Boston moved back into first-place in the New England Hockey Conference. The Beacons have 12 points in eight games, while Norwich University has 11 in seven games and Babson has 11 in eight games.
UMass Boston will close out first-semester play on Saturday night at 7 p.m., when they travel to intra-state rival UMass Dartmouth.