MILTON, Mass.—Behind two goals from Zachary White and 25 saves from Justin Ketola, host Curry College earned a 4-2 upset win over #4/5 UMass Boston men's hockey Friday night at Max Ulin Rink.
Curry College 4, #4/5 UMass Boston 2
(UMass Boston 10-2)
(Curry College 5-4-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The hosts scored 6:44 into the game and never trailed, as they earned their third-straight victory.
After an even first 20 minutes, Curry took a 2-1 lead after two periods and stretched their lead to 3-1 6:05 into the third. UMass Boston cut the deficit to 3-2 with 2:41 to play, but Curry cancelled out any comeback hopes with an empty-net goal.
In net, Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) suffered his first loss of his junior season. The netminder allowed three goals on 20 shots.
Ketola backstopped the Colonels by making 25 saves on 27 shots, including nine saves in the final stanza.
White gave Curry the lead 6:44 into the contest, when he scored off a feed from Lionel Mauron.
UMass Boston answered back less than a minute later. Nachbaur took passes from seniors Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) and Garrison Sanipass (Northbrook, Ill.) before tucking it inside the far post at 7:29.
The Beacons outshot the Colonels 8-5 in the period and won 12 of the 17 face-offs, but couldn't find a way to gain the advantage on the scoreboard.
Curry played a more even second period and managed to take the lead for good. Freshman Mic Curran scored the lone goal of the period at 10:51, off a pass from Viktor Jansson.
UMass Boston nearly tied the game 3:33 into the third. After successfully killing off an early penalty, Nachbaur beat Ketola, but his shot bounced off the pipe and out to keep the game 2-1.
The miss proved costly, as UMass Boston began to press and their aggressiveness cost them. A Beacons defenseman turned the puck over in his own zone leading to a 2-on-0 and Kasper Kjellkvist beat MacBurnie on a backhand to make it 3-1 at 6:05.
The Beacons picked up their play from there-outshooting the hosts 10-5 over the final 14 minutes.
MacGregor gave UMass Boston new life at 17:19, when he poked home freshman Jeffrey Skinner's (Houston, Texas) rebound on a scrum in front.
The Beacons took their timeout and pulled the goalie with 1:58 to play, but Curry won the ensuing defensive zone draw and White easily scored on the empty net at 18:11.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Colonels 27-21 and earned a 30-24 face-off advantage.
- The Beacons held Curry to an 0-4 showing on the power-play, but finished 0-3 themselves. UMass Boston's penalty kill has gone 28-29 in their last five games, but the team's power-play has recorded just one goal in their last four games (1-18).
- The win marked Curry's first-ever win over UMass Boston. The Beacons had been 8-0 all-time against the Colonels.
- With the loss, UMass Boston falls to 3-2 in true road games this winter. It also marked their first loss against a Division III team.
- Sanipass recorded his 50th career point in his 71st career game. The senior has recorded five points in his last three games (2 G, 3 A).
- Both of UMass Boston's losses this season have come in the game before they have faced UMass Dartmouth.
UMass Boston will look to stay perfect at home this season (6-0), when they host UMass Dartmouth on Saturday at 4 p.m. Tomorrow's contest will also be the Beacons' Alumni Day, with UMass Boston hosting two alumni games in the morning.