HENNIKER, N.H.—#8/8 UMass Boston's bid for a perfect conference season came to a close on Friday evening, as the Beacons comeback fell just short in a 3-2 loss to host New England College.
New England College 3, #8/8 UMass Boston 2
(UMass Boston 12-4, New England Hockey Conference 8-1)
(New England College 10-3-2, New England Hockey Conference 5-3-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Despite being outshot in all three periods, the host Pilgrims grabbed a 3-0 lead just past the midway point of the second period and held on for the final 27 minutes.
UMass Boston sophomore forward Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) led the Beacons with a power-play goal and an assist.
In net, junior Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made 23 saves on 26 shots to fall to 11-3 on the season.
Pilgrims netminder Anthony Pupplo made 36 saves on 37 shots to earn his fourth-straight victory. The junior stopped all 12 shots he faced in the third stanza.
New England College took the lead at 10:30 of the first period, when Adam Zollner scored off assists from Keenan Haase and Connor Inger.
The Pilgrims extended their lead to 3-0 with two goals in a 50-second span. William Riise made it 2-0 at 12:03 of the second and Connor Fries pushed the lead to 3-0 at 12:53.
UMass Boston got right back into the game with two power-play goals before the second intermission.
Bross cut the deficit to 3-1 at 13:58, when he took passes from Chuckran and Nachbaur and beat Pupplo glove-side for a power-play tally.
Redler made it 3-2 less than two minutes later, off of passes from Nachbaur and Bross.
The Beacons would carry their momentum into the third period, but despite outshooting the Pilgrims 12-6, they couldn't find a tying goal.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Pilgrims 38-26 and earned a 37-33 edge in face-offs.
- The Beacons finished 2-3 on the power-play, while holding New England College to an 0-1 showing.
- The loss snapped UMass Boston's second-best start to conference play in program history. UMass Boston opened the 1981-82 season with a 9-0 start to conference play.
- With the loss, UMass Boston falls to 19-32-2 all-time against the Pilgrims. The Beacons had won the previous three matchups, including a 4-1 win over the Pilgrims in Boston in November.
UMass Boston will look to snap their two-game losing streak on Saturday, when they travel to the University of Southern Maine at 4 p.m.