HOOKSETT, N.H.—Behind a two-goal afternoon from Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.), #7/7 UMass Boston men's hockey bounced back with a 3-1 win over intra-state rival UMass Dartmouth on Sunday afternoon.
#7/7 UMass Boston 3, UMass Dartmouth 1
(UMass Boston 8-1)
(UMass Dartmouth 2-6)
HOW IT HAPPENED
For the second-straight day at the Manchester Police Athletic League Stovepipe Hockey Tournament, UMass Boston dominated their opponents statistically, but found themselves in a low-scoring, close contest.
Redler scored the go-ahead goal in the first period and then added an empty-net goal with seven seconds left, to keep the Beacons undefeated against Division III competition (8-0).
Sophomore defenseman Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) chipped in with the game-winning goal, just 45 seconds into the third stanza.
In net, junior Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made 21 saves on 22 shots to stay unbeaten on the season (7-0). MacBurnie was at his best in the opening frame, when he had to make 11 of his 21 stops.
UMass Dartmouth goalie Parker Butler fell to 0-3 on the season after making a career-high 42 saves.
Junior Steven Leonard recorded a power-play goal for the Corsairs, who dropped their second-straight contest.
The first period was by far the tightest of the three, as the Beacons ended the period leading in shots by a slim 12-11 margin.
UMass Boston would pick up their play in the second period, but couldn't add to their lead. The Beacons outshot the Corsairs by more than a 3-to-1 margin in the period (17-5).
The game got chippy from there, with the two teams combining for 18 penalty minutes over the final 18:45.
UMass Dartmouth took advantage of a Beacons penalty to cut the deficit in half at 13:14. Leonard took passes from Eric Bolden and Mason Nicholas, before finishing for his fourth goal of the season.
After a slew of penalties slowed down the Corsairs comeback efforts, MacBurnie was forced to make two saves in the final minute against UMass Dartmouth All-American Jonathan Ruiz.
The Beacons put the game to rest with seven seconds to play, as Bross won a face-off and after a scrum, Redler came away with the puck and potted an empty-net goal.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Corsairs 46-22 and held a 49-30 edge in face-offs.
- The two teams combined for 47 penalty minutes. UMass Dartmouth went 1-11 on the power-play, while the Beacons finished 0-9.
- With the win, UMass Boston finished third in the P.A.L. Tournament.
- The Beacons improved to 19-10 all-time against UMass Dartmouth with the win. UMass Boston has won 11 of the past 12 meetings, but the Corsairs did trip the Beacons up last season at UMass Dartmouth (5-4 OT).
- The two teams will meet again in two weeks, when UMass Boston hosts UMass Dartmouth on December 8 at 4 p.m. UMass Boston will welcome back their alumni that day for an Alumni Game in the morning.
UMass Boston will return to conference play on Friday night at 7 p.m., when they host reigning New England Hockey Conference Tournament Champions Hobart College. The Beacons took two of three meetings against the Statesmen last season, including a 2-1 win in Boston last November.