PAWTUCKET, R.I.—Five different players scored and freshman goalie Nolan Egbert (North Massapequa, N.Y.) made 25 saves in his collegiate debut to lead #9/10 UMass Boston men's hockey past Johnson & Wales University (R.I.).
#9/10 UMass Boston 5, Johnson & Wales University 2
(UMass Boston 6-0, NEHC 5-0)
(Johnson & Wales 0-3-2, NEHC 0-2-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons scored at least one goal in every period to hand the Wildcats a loss in the first-ever conference meeting between the two programs.
Egbert was solid throughout his first collegiate appearance. The freshman made five saves in the first period, before adding 11 in the second and nine more in the final stanza.
Johnson & Wales Mike Rockwell stopped 35 of 40 shots to fall to 0-3-2 on the season.
UMass Boston took the lead for good at 18:47 of the first period. Senior captain Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.), who missed both games last weekend due to an injury, took a pass from fellow senior David MacGregor (Azusa, Calif.) and went top-shelf for his first goal of the season.
The Beacons doubled their lead 4:11 into the second period. Dakota Keene (Poland, Maine) found freshman Chris Peters (Rochester, N.Y.) wide-open in front of the net and the freshman slipped it past Rockwell for a 2-0 lead.
Johnson & Wales got on the scoreboard with 5:07 to play in the period, as Conor Cassidy recorded his first goal of the year.
The Beacons extinguished any momentum the Wildcats could muster right before intermission, when Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) scored on the power-play at 19:42. Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) recorded an assist on the power-play tally.
The hosts closed out the scoring at 17:53 of the third. Anthony Scarcella netted a power-play goal off a feed from Jake Glod.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston earned a 40-27 advantage in shots and a 48-26 lead in face-offs.
- The Beacons power-play went 2-6 on the night, while Johnson & Wales finished 1-5.
- Tonight's contest marked the first-ever conference meeting between the two programs. UMass Boston improved to 7-0 all-time against the Wildcats.
- Egbert and freshman forward Ethan Nitkin (Miami Beach, Fla.) both made their collegiate debuts in the victory.
- Johnson & Wales' late power-play tally snapped UMass Boston's streak of successful penalty kills at 22.
- With his third-period assist, Redler has now recorded 75 points in 57 career games.
#9/10 UMass Boston will travel to Suffolk University on Saturday at 7 p.m. for their first-ever conference meeting with the Rams.