BOSTON, Mass.—#14/17 UMass Boston men's hockey scored three goals in the opening minutes to cruise past Castleton University 6-1.
UMass Boston 6, Castleton 1
(UMass Boston 5-0, NEHC 4-0)
(Castleton 0-3-2, NEHC 0-3-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
For a second-straight night, the Beacons struck for three goals in the opening 10 minutes to earn a conference victory.
Freshman Stevie Bryant (Edmonds, Wash.) struck for his first and second collegiate goals in the victory. The Washington native also added an assist for a 3-point night.
Junior Tyler Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) added a goal and two assists of his own.
Freshman Evan Rochowiak (Livonia, Mich.) and senior Garrett Gallagher (Aston, Mass.) tied Sifferlen with a team-best two assists in the win. Rochowiak's two assists were the first two points of his career.
In net, junior Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) improved to 5-0 on the season with 20 saves on 21 shots.
Sakke Tiitinen scored the lone goal for the Spartans, who dropped their third game in their past four contests.
Junior goalie Wyatt Pickrell made 21 saves on 27 shots before being pulled with 7:38 to play. Freshman Kyle Alaverdy stopped all three shots he faced over the final 7:38 in his collegiate debut.
UMass Boston took the lead exactly 60 seconds into the contest. Freshman Pat Harrington (Stoneham, Mass.) skated the puck into the zone and fired a pass across the ice to Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) for a one-timer in the low slot.
The Beacons doubled their lead 68 seconds later when two freshman combined for their first collegiate points. Rochowiak outmuscled a Spartan along the far boards and then fired a centering pass for Bryant, who dragged the puck towards the far post and easily poked it in for a 2-0 lead.
Junior Dakota Keene (Poland, Mass.) closed out the scoring run with a goal at 7:02. Gallagher fired a shot from the blue line that Keene tipped in from in tight for a 3-0 advantage.
Castleton would turn the game on it's face with a goal just 1:14 later. The Spartans caught the Beacons in transition and easily scored a goal after their tic-tac-toe passing left Tiitinen wide open in front of the net.
Castleton would control the rest of the period, but the Beacons were able to keep them to just the one goal thanks to the strong play of MacBurnie and the Beacons blue liners.
UMass Boston extended their lead to 4-1 after two periods, when Sifferlen skated off the boards with the puck and sent a shot off a Castleton defender and in at 16:14 of the third.
The Beacons added another deflected goal at 7:03 of the third. John Bonno (Kennesaw, Georgia) sent a lead pass from his own blue line that deflected off a defender's stick at the Castleton blue line and floated in over the goalie's pads for a 5-1 lead.
Bryant closed out the scored five minutes later, when Bryant scored off of passes from Sifferlen and Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.).
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Spartans 31-20 and held a 33-31 edge in face-offs.
- The Beacons went 0-5 on the power play, while holding the Spartans to an 0-6 mark. UMass Boston has killed off 19 consecutive power plays.
- Sifferlen, Rochowiak and Bryant all finished +4 in the win.
- MacBurnie has allowed one goal or fewer in three of his five starts. He is now just three saves shy of 1000 for his career.
- UMass Boston is 5-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 season. The Beacons started that season 6-0-1, including 4-0 in conference play.
UMass Boston will head on the road for the first time since Opening Day. The Beacons will travel to Johnson & Wales U. (R.I.) on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the first-ever conference meeting between the two programs.