BOSTON, Mass.—Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) and Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) scored two goals apiece, to lead UMass Boston men's hockey past New England College Friday night at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
UMass Boston 4, New England College 2
(UMass Boston 15-9, NEHC 10-7)
(New England College 12-10-2, NEHC 7-9-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After falling behind 2-1 early in the third period, Redler and Bross combined for three goals in the final 11:27, to help UMass Boston snap a three-game losing streak.
With the win, UMass Boston wrapped up the fourth seed in the upcoming New England Hockey Conference Tournament. The Beacons will host a Quarterfinal game next Saturday, February 17, and will likely host New England College, who is currently sitting in fifth place.
Bross posted a team-high three points (two goals and one assist) and a +3 (+/- rating). Redler tacked on two goals, including the game-winner, while Larkin tabbed on two assists. As a line, the Beacons top line finished with all four goals and seven points total.
Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) was the only other Beacon to record a point on the night, as he recorded an assist on the Beacons' first goal of the night.
Sophomore goalie Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made a career-high 40 saves to backstop the Beacons to their 15th win of the year. MacBurnie made 11 saves in the first, 15 more stops in the second and 14 saves in the third stanza to move to 14-7 on the year.
Channing Gorscak and Keenan Haase each scored for the visitors, who fell to 1-4-1 in their last six games.
New England College senior goalie Kyle Shapiro made 37 saves on 40 shots to fall to 9-10-2 on the season.
After a back-and-forth first 15 minutes, UMass Boston took their first lead of the game at 15:20. With the Beacons on the power-play, Albano skated the puck into the zone and weaved around a defender at the blue line. He drew a defender to him, before unleashing a soft shot that Shapiro couldn't hold on. The rebound fell perfectly to Redler, who took a couple of touches to corral it, before depositing the puck into a wide-open net.
Gorscak answered back for the Pilgrims late in the second period. With the Beacons still leading 1-0, Nichola Rein sent a shot towards net, that deflected off of Gorscak's stick and in to tie the game at 1-1 at 18:20.
The Pilgrims took their first and only lead of the game seven minutes later. With New England College all over the Beacons, Bryce Nielsen carried the puck in front of the net and Haase backhanded a shot through a sea of bodies to make it 2-1 at 5:20 of the third.
Bross answered back for the Beacons at 8:33. Larkin carried the puck into the zone and sent a hard shot from the far side, that bounced off Shapiro's pads and fell loose just outside of the crease. Bross, who was standing all alone in front, roofed the rebound over Shapiro to tie the game at two.
The Beacons regained the lead at 16:52 on a fluky goal. Bross fed the puck to Redler behind the net, and Redler held off a defenseman to retain possession. He carried the puck back out in front on the near zone and whipped an intended pass off of a Pilgrims' skate and in for a 3-2 advantage.
With the Pilgrims net emptied, Bross collected a pass from Larkin, and sent a high shot from his own defensive circle squarely into the back of the net for a 4-2 advantage.
BY THE NUMBERS
- New England College earned a 42-41 edge in shots, thanks to a 16-12 lead in the second period.
- With the win, UMass Boston improved to 2-1 on the year against New England College. The Beacons trail in the all-time series 31-17-2, but are 9-6-1 in the last 16 meetings. Over the past 16 games, UMass Boston has outscored New England College 49-46.
- The Beacons went 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Pilgrims finished 0-5.
- In the Beacons two wins this year against the Pilgrims, UMass Boston has scored eight goals and added eight assists.
- UMass Boston won 40 of a possible 69 face-offs. On the year, UMass Boston has won 59% of the face-offs against the Pilgrims in three meetings (127-213).
- With the win, UMass Boston has won 15 or more games for the sixth time in 12 years under head coach Peter Belisle.
UMass Boston will host the University of Southern Maine on Saturday at 4 p.m. Before the game, the Beacons will honor Larkin, their lone senior.