No. 8/12 Men’s Ice Hockey Downs Hawks in OT

No. 8/12 Men’s Ice Hockey Downs Hawks in OT

BOSTON, Mass. - A Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) goal 42 seconds into the overtime gave No. 8/12 men's ice hockey their first conference win of the 2013-14 season as the Beacons defeated St. Anselm College by the final of 4-3 Saturday evening in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.

The game-winning goal capped off a four-point night for the senior forward as the Beacons improved to 2-1-0 overall, 1-1-0 in the ECAC East.  For the Hawks they fell to 0-2-0 overall, and 0-2-0 in the conference following Saturday's loss.

Daniel's deciding tally, which was scored on the power-play, was a perfectly placed one-timer by the senior off of a Jeremy Finger (Orlando, Fla.) and Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) assist.  The victory not only gave UMB their first ECAC East win of the season, but it also marked the first home win for head coach Peter Belisle over the Hawks in the Clark Athletic Ice Arena.  Last season, the Hawks narrowly defeated the Beacons by the score of 5-4 in overtime. 

In the third it was Daniel who set-up the then tying goal, which was scored by MacIntyre with exactly three minutes left in regulation.  His tally evened the score at 3-3 after the Hawks were able to score a pair of goals early in the final period.

To start the night, Daniels put the Beacons on the scoreboard less than three minutes into the heated contest when he crushed a slap shot that blew by Hawks' goaltender Robert Kang.  That lone tally held for the remainder of the first and halfway through the second.

The Hawks finally got on the board at the 11:10 mark on a Johnny Daniels goal.  Tied at 1-1 neither team would find the back of their opponents cage, but both teams would see a tremendous amount of time in the penalty box.  In what has become an all-out slugfest between two very talented squads, the 2013 meeting between UMB and St. Anselm resulted in a combined 66 minutes of penalties, with 48 of those coming in the second.

At Left: Travis Daniel scored the game-winner 42 seconds into the overtime to give the Beacons a 4-3 win over St. Anselm College.  The win marked the first-ever for head coach Peter Belisle in the Clark Ice Arena.

After the second intermission, the Beacons quickly regained the lead on a quick shot from Cody Dixon (Hales Corners, Wis.) to make it 2-1.  The goal was the first of the year for the freshman defenseman, and was of course assisted by Daniels.  Unfortunately the early score from Dixon did not last too long as the Hawks rattled off two goals in the span of three minutes.

Luckily UMB would not lie down and with the goal from MacIntyre they found themselves very much in the contest still.  That late game heroics from MacIntyre coupled with a penalty on the Hawks in the final minute of regulation would be all the momentum that the Beacons would need as they got ready for their first overtime of the season.  After the opening faceoff of the OT the Beacons brought the puck down into the Hawks end.  The Beacons quickly moved the puck all over the ice as they looked for a player to make a move.  Daniels would then cut to the net and with a player right on his back and another closing in quickly, the talented senior redirected the pass from Finger to send the UMB crowd into a frenzy.

Between the pipes sophomore Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) earned the victory after making 29 saves, 16 of which came in the second.  Kang combined for an impressive 48 stops, but did not register a save in the overtime.

On the power-play the Beacons were 2-for-10, while the Hawks went 0-for-4 on special teams.  The Beacons closed out the night with a combined 52 shots on goal.  St. Anselm finished with 32 shots.

The Beacons return to action on November 22 when they travel to Castleton State College for 7 p.m. ECAC East contest.