GORHAM, Maine – The eighth ranked Beacons got back in the win column thanks to a three-point performance by John Bonno (Kennesaw, Ga.) as men's hockey cruised past the University of Southern Maine with a 4-0 New England Hockey Conference victory Saturday afternoon at USM Ice Arena.
#8/8 UMass Boston 4, University of Southern Maine 0
UMass Boston (13-4-0, 9-1-0 NEHC)
Southern Maine (2-12-2, 2-8-1 NEHC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Looking to end a two-game skid, the Beacons got back on track offensively as they outshot their rivals 41-25 in a physical affair. Bonno got UMB on the scoreboard early in the first period with his second goal of the season. Bryan Carter (Hudson, Mass.) and Stevie Bryant (Edmonds, Wash.) assisted on the play, to give the Beacons their first lead over an opponent since their 3-1 win over Tufts University on January 4.
In the second stanza, Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) registered his team-leading 10th goal of the season on a power-play score to make it 2-0 in favor of UMB less than five minutes. Bonno would then give UMB some additional breathing room with his second tally with Redler assisting on the play.
Bryant sealed the victory for the Beacons in the third frame with Bonno and Chris Peters (Rochester, N.Y.) assisting on the game-clinching goal.
Between the pipes Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) registered 25 saves, which included 13 in the second frame. The shutout victory marked the first the junior netminder since the 9-0 win over Wentworth Institute to open the 2018-19 season. It was MacBurnie's first shutout in conference play since November 4, 2017 when UMB cruised past Castleton University, 5-0.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the night the Beacons finished 1-for-8 on the power-play, while the Huskies finished 0-for-8
- Bonno's two goals and three points were both career first for the senior defenseman
- All-time the Beacons are now 18-19-1 against the Huskies and have won 10 of their last 13 meetings
- Saturday's shutout win marked the first for UMB over USM since February 20, 2016 when they earned a 4-0 win in that season
- With the win the Beacons hold a two-point lead on Babson College for first place in the conference standings
- Redler now sits with 86 career points following his goal and assist in the win; He also leads the Beacons in goals with 10 and points with 20
The Beacons will travel to Castleton University next Friday for a 7 p.m. conference game.