BOSTON, Mass.—#8/11 UMass Boston men's hockey scored two goals in less than three minutes late in the second to open up a two-goal lead, and never looked back in a 4-1 win over Boston foe Suffolk University.
HOW IT HAPPENED
#8/11 UMass Boston 4, Suffolk University 1
(UMass Boston 15-5, NEHC 11-2)
(Suffolk University 7-12, NEHC 4-9)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Freshman Chris Peters (Rochester, N.Y.) recorded the first two-goal game of his career to help the Beacons improve to 7-0 on the season in home New England Hockey Conference contests.
The Beacons second line as a whole combined for three goals and four assists in the victory. Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) recorded a goal and two assists, while Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) tacked on two assists.
Senior Garrison Sanipass (Northbrook, Ill.) added the first goal of the game for the Beacons.
In net, Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made 21 saves on 22 shots to improve to 14-4 on the season.
Suffolk netminder Michael Levine recorded 37 saves on 41 shots to fall to 0-2 on the season against the Rams.
David Lappin recorded the lone goal for Suffolk, who suffered their third-straight loss.
UMass Boston jumped all over the Rams on the opening shift of the contest. Ethan Nitkin (Miami Beach, Fla.) forced a turnover in the Rams defensive zone and then fed Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.) in the near circle. Nachbaur's hard wrister went in-and-out of Levine's glove and Sanipass pounced on the rebound, before sliding it inside the far post.
The Beacons would dominate most of the period, but struggled to put shots on net with the two teams finishing tied in shots (11-11).
UMass Boston's control of the game started to show in the second period, but the Rams were able to even the game at 11:30.
MacBurnie made a really good save on a shot from the top of the slot and hung on to the puck for a face-off. The Rams won the ensuing face-off and after MacBurnie made the initial save, the rebound deflected to the far side where Lappin scored on Suffolk's second whack at the puck.
The Beacons bounced back with the go-ahead goal less than three minutes later. Peters started the play by attempting a wrap-around shot at the far post. Levine made the initial save, but after the puck bounced off of several players, Peters poked it past Levine at 14:11.
UMass Boston put the game away at 17:07 when Bross scored his team-leading, second short-handed goal of the season. Stevie Bryant (Edmonds, Wash.) started the play by forcing a turnover and beating the player at the point by playing the puck off the boards back to himself. With the Beacons streaking on a 2-on-1, Bryant fed Bross who's initial shot was denied, but Bross followed the play and tipped the puck home as he was cross-checked into the crease.
MacBurnie made several big odd-man rush saves throughout the game, but his by biggest by far came in the third period. The Rams fed Lappin in front who's initial shot was stopped and then MacBurnie from a full sprawl made two more point-blank saves, before the puck bounced away to the far boards.
Peters capped off his strong evening with 3:17 left. Bross sent a no-look, backhand feed to a wide-open Peters in front who had Redler to his right. Peters initially looked to find Redler but he flubbed the pass, but he followed it up by pouncing on the rebound and sliding it between Levine and a defenseman for a 4-1 lead.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston nearly doubled up the Rams in shots (41-22). The Rams held a 33-27 edge in face-offs.
- Bross has scored both of the Beacons' shorthanded goals this season. He leads the team this season with five special-teams goals.
- The Beacons finished 0-6 on the power-play, while holding to Suffolk to an 0-3 showing.
- UMass Boston is 9-1 this season at home and they have outscored their opponents 42-17 in 10 home games.
- MacBurnie earned his 33rd career win in his 50th career start. He needs one more win to tie Tom Corliss ('87) and Billy Faust ('16) for second all-time in career wins.
- With the win, UMass Boston improved to 15-2 all-time against the Rams. UMass Boston is 6-0 all-time against the Rams in conference contests.
#8/11 UMass Boston will host Johnson & Wales University on Saturday at 4 p.m. in their second-to-last home game of the season.