NORTHFIELD, Vt.—Behind a 28-save shutout from senior Tom Aubrun, Norwich University handed #7/10 UMass Boston men's hockey a 2-0 defeat Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena.
Norwich University 2, #7/10 UMass Boston 0
(UMass Boston 14-5, New England Hockey Conference 10-2)
(Norwich University 10-4-3, NEHC 7-4-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Aubrun earned his second-straight shutout performance of the weekend, to help the Cadets become the first team this season to blank UMass Boston.
Maxime Borduas scored the only goal Aubrun would need, when the freshman forward scored from in-tight off a rebound at 15:02 of the second period.
David Robertson added an empty-netter with 31 seconds to play, to lead the Cadets to their eight win in 10 contests at Kreitzberg this season (8-1-1).
UMass Boston junior goalie Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) saw his scoreless streak end at 182:09, after holding the Cadets off the board for the first 35 minutes.
MacBurnie finished the game with 19 saves on 20 shots, including making 12 saves in the decisive second period.
UMass Boston controlled the play in two of the three periods, but couldn't find a way past Aubrun.
In the first period, MacBurnie was forced to make a key stop early on, but it was all UMass Boston the rest of the way. The Beacons outshot the Cadets 5-3 and controlled the majority of the play.
The second period saw both offenses pick up their play, with the two teams combining for 25 shots (Norwich 13-12). Norwich took a 1-0 lead on the power-play at 15:02 of the second. MacBurnie made a save on the initial shot from the point, but Borduas shoved home the rebound-as he was falling into the crease.
UMass Boston picked up their play from there and outshot Norwich 11-5 in the final stanza, but couldn't find a way past Aubrun.
Robertson put the game to bed at 19:29, when the senior calmly fired a shot down the length of the ice and just inside the near post.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Cadets 28-21.
- Senior captain Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) became the 12th player in program history to play in 100 or more games on Saturday. The Beacons senior defenseman has played in 100 of 103 possible games during his career.
- UMass Boston finished 0-2 on the power-play, while Norwich ended the game 1-4.
- Chuckran led the Beacons with a team-high six shots.
- With the loss, UMass Boston falls to 43-11 all-time against the Cadet. The Beacons defeated Norwich 4-2 in Boston on November 9.
- After moving up to sixth in the PairWise Rankings on Friday night, the Beacons are now sitting in 8th in the the PairWise.
- UMass Boston sits two points ahead of rival Babson College in the New England Hockey Conference standings with six games to play.
UMass Boston will return home for two of their final three home conference games. The Beacons will host Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) on Friday at 7 p.m.