Men's Hockey Sails Past Pilgrims 4-1

Men's Hockey Sails Past Pilgrims 4-1

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston men's hockey scored three goals in the third period, to improve to 2-0 in New England Hockey Conference play. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 4, New England College 1

(UMass Boston 3-0, NEHC 2-0)

(New England College 1-1-1, NEHC 0-1-1) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) and Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) each recorded a goal and an assist to lead the Beacons past New England College in a rematch of last year's NEHC Quarterfinals. 

UMass Boston took the lead just 3:11 into the contest, but the game would stay that way until the start of the third period. 

Redler doubled the lead just 14 seconds into the stanza, but New England College's Patrick DeBlois answered back 33 seconds later. 

UMass Boston added two key insurance goals down the stretch to extend their home winning streak to five in a row dating back to last season. 

Freshmen Jeffrey Skinner (Houston, Texas) and sophomore Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) each added a goal in the victory. 

Junior goalie Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) improved to 3-0-0 by making 26 saves on 27 shots. After giving up a goal on the first shot he faced in the third period, MacBurnie stopped all 12 shots he faced the rest of the way. 

New England College junior transfer Anthony Pupplo recorded 25 saves on 29 shots to fall to 0-1-1 on the year. 

UMass Boston jumped out to a 1-0 advantage on Albano's first goal of the game. Senior David MacGregor (Azusa, Calif.) sent a backhand centering feed that found Albano all alone in the near circle and his wrister slipped through Pupplo's pads and in at 3:11. Junior Dakota Keene (Poland, Maine) added an assist on the play. 

The Beacons pushed their advantage to 2-0 off the opening face-off in the third period. Albano blasted a shot that caught the underside of the crossbar and bounced out, but Redler was the only player who wasn't caught puck watching and raced on to the rebound and slid it inside the near post 14 seconds into the period.  

DeBlois came up with an immediate response for the visitors. He was left all alone in the far circle and roofed a shot over MacBurnie's shoulder at 00:47. 

The Beacons came up a with much needed response at 3:42. John Regnart's (Anchorage, Alaska) initial shot from the blue line was blocked, but Garrison Sanipass (Northbrook, Ill.) found Skinner at the back post to make it 3-1. 

Bross added the finishing blow at 16:54, when he was set up by linemates Chris Peters (Rochester, N.Y.) and Redler for his fourth career goal against the Pilgrims. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston outshot New England College 29-27 and held a 33-31 edge in face-offs. 
  • Both teams finished 0-5 on the power-play. 
  • Albano recorded his first goal of the season and led the Beacons for a second-straight night with a +4 +/- rating. 
  • MacBurnie has allowed just three goals on 58 shots this season (.948 save percentage). 
  • With the win, UMass Boston improved to 4-1 against the Pilgrims over the past two years and 19-31-2 all-time.  

WHO'S NEXT  

UMass Boston will host defending NEHC Regular Season Champion #12/12 Norwich University on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Cadets ended the Beacons season last year in the NEHC Semifinals by a 6-3 score.