Men's Hockey Downs Southern Maine 6-2 in NEHC Opener

Men's Hockey Downs Southern Maine 6-2 in NEHC Opener

BOSTON, Mass.—Garrison Sanipass (Northbrook, Ill.) and Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) each scored twice, to lead UMass Boston men's hockey past the University of Southern Maine in both team's New England Hockey Conference openers. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 6, U. Southern Maine 2 

(UMass Boston 2-0, NEHC 1-0) 

(Southern Maine 0-1, NEHC 0-1) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Beacons scored five goals in the first 32:07, to cruise to their second-straight win to start the 2018-19 campaign.  

Sanipass and Redler each finished with two goals and a +3 rating in the Beacons home and conference opener. 

Junior Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.) added a goal and an assist, while John Regnart (Anchorage, Alaska) added his second goal in as many games. 

Freshman Jeffrey Skinner (Houston, Texas) and sophomore Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) each added two assists in the win. 

In net, sophomore Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made 13 saves on 15 shots to move to 2-0-0. 

Southern Maine sophomore Anthony D'Aloisio stopped 34 of 40 shots to fall to 0-1 on the season. 

Southern Maine senior captain Tyler Mathieu scored both of the goals for the Huskies in their 2018-19 opener. 

The Beacons didn't waste any time in getting on the scoreboard, as Nachbaur scored just 81 seconds into the contest. The junior forced a neutral zone turnover and then took a pass from Skinner, before sending a hard backhand feed that deflected off a defender in front and in for a 1-0 advantage.

UMass Boston doubled their lead with 2:03 to go in the period. After a face-off win from Bross, Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) sent a hard slap shot that D'Aloisio stopped, but Redler was all alone on the doorstep, to push the puck in for a 2-0 lead. 

Redler recorded the game-winning tally 4:52 into the second. Bross sent an outlet pass to a wide-open Redler at the Huskies blue line and Redler deked out D'Aloisio, before finishing with a shot in tight. 

The Beacons quickly put the game completely out of reach with two goals in less than two minutes. 

Regnart scored at 10:19 off passes from Skinner and Nachbaur, and then Sanipass potted a power-play tally at 12:07 on assists from Chris Peters (Rochester, N.Y.) and Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.). 

Mathieu put the Huskies on the board 1:06 later, when his shot deflected off a Beacons defender and in for an unassisted tally. 

UMass Boston regained their five-goal lead at 5:27 of the third, when Sanipass scored an unassisted goal. 

Mathieu closed out the scoring with a power-play goal at 10:03. Jonathan Bartuccio-Pereira and Matthew Smith each earned assists on the play. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston outshot the Huskies 40-15, including holding Southern Maine to just three shots in the first and third periods. 
  • The Beacons went 1-5 on the power-play, while Southern Maine ended the night 1-6. 
  • Albano finished with a team-best +4 rating on the night. 
  • With the win, UMass Boston earned their second-straight win over the Huskies and third in the last five games. Southern Maine owns a 19-18-1 all-time edge over the Beacons. 
  • Freshman Pat Harrington (Stoneham, Mass.) made his collegiate debut in the victory. 
  • UMass Boston has scored 15 goals in their first two games and at least one goal in all six periods thus far. 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will host New England College on Saturday at 4 p.m. in a rematch of last year's NEHC Quarterfinals. The Beacons won three of their four meetings last season against the Pilgrims.