Third-Period Burst Leads #8/11 Men's Hockey Past Wildcats

Third-Period Burst Leads #8/11 Men's Hockey Past Wildcats

BOSTON, Mass.--#8/11 UMass Boston scored four-consecutive goals to start the third period, to knock off visiting Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) 5-2 Saturday afternoon at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink. 

THE BASICS

#8/11 UMass Boston 5, Johnson & Wales 2

(UMass Boston 16-5, New England Hockey Conference 12-2) 

(Johnson & Wales 4-14-3, New England Hockey Conference 2-10-2) 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

The Beacons scored three goals in a 3:47 span of the third-period, to blow open a 1-1 game. 

Senior Garrison Sanipass (Northbrook, Ill.) and freshman Ethan Nitkin (Miami Beach, Fla.) each recorded a goal and an assist in the victory. 

Seniors Garrett Gallagher (Aston, Pa.) and Drew Gannon (Plano, Texas) and freshman Chris Peters (Rochester, N.Y.) also scored in the victory. 

In net, Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) moved into a tie for second-place in program history in career wins by making 12 saves on 14 shots. With the victory, MacBurnie tied Tom Corliss ('87) and Billy Faust ('16) with 34 career victories. 

Johnson & Wales goalie Mike Rockwell made 41 saves on 46 shots to fall to 2-10-3. The sophomore netminder made 99 saves in two losses over the weekend. 

Ryan Sete and Matt Bernot both scored power-play goals for the Wildcats, who remain winless against the top-seven teams in the New England Hockey Conference.  

UMass Boston controlled the stat sheet for the opening 40 minutes but couldn't gain any separation from the upset-minded Wildcats. 

The Beacons outshot Johnson & Wales 15-6 in the opening period but neither side could light the lamp. 

Sete gave Johnson & Wales a 1-0 lead at 4:51 of the second. Chad Guderian made a terrific two-line pass to Sete who was in behind the Beacons defense and he cut back to the lower slot before firing a shot just inside the far post for a power-play goal. 

UMass Boston answered back less than two minutes later. Peters picked up the puck along the far boards, spun and sent a low shot that slipped inside the near post.

After the two teams combined for just five penalties in the first two periods, the game got extremely scrappy in the third with seven combined penalties between the two sides. 

UMass Boston earned a penalty just 20 seconds into the third period and had several phenomenal chances to score. Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) pinged the far post, before Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) caught the underside of the crossbar. 

The Beacons scored their first power-play goal of the weekend at 4:07 on their second-chance of the period. Sanipass sent the puck to the near side for Redler and then Redler fed Sanipass at the back-post for a one-timer goal. Nitkin picked up the second assist on the play. 

Nitkin and Sanipass connected on game-winning goal just 62-seconds later. Sanipass won the puck below the goal-line and fed a wide-open Nitkin in the near circle. The freshman skated towards the net and unleashed a hard-shot into the top right-corner for a 3-1 advantage. 

UMass Boston capped off the goal-scoring flurry at 7:54. With the two teams skating 4-on-4, Gallagher skated the puck out of his own end, held off a defender and sent a backhand shot off of Rockwell and in for a 4-1 lead. 

The Beacons pushed their advantage to 5-1 with a short-handed goal at 18:23. Dakota Keene (Poland, Maine) cleared the puck into the neutral zone and Gannon chased it down just inside the offensive zone. Gannon skated in on Rockwell, went to his backhand and outlasted Rockwell before lifting his shot over the goalie. 

Johnson & Wales scored a consolation goal 23 seconds later. With the Wildcats still on the power-play, Bernot sent his initial shot off a Beacons' defender and it bounced right back to him for an easy tap-in. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston outshot Johnson & Wales 46-14, including 31-8 over the final two periods. The Beacons held the Wildcats to six or fewer shots in every period. 
  • The Beacons improved to 8-0-0 all-time against the Wildcats. UMass Boston beat the Wildcats 5-2 both times this season. 
  • UMass Boston went 1-5 on the power play, while Johnson & Wales finished 2-3. The Beacons scored a short-handed goal for the second time this weekend and third time this season. 
  • Gannon's goal was his first goal since his sophomore season. He missed the second-half of last season and the first 10 games of this season due to a broken ankle. 
  • With the win, UMass Boston improves to 10-1 this season at home and 8-0 in home conference games. 
  • With his third-period assist, Redler is now sitting on 90 career points. 

WHO'S NEXT 

#8/11 UMass Boston will travel to Skidmore College on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the first game of a key three-game road trip.