GENEVA, N.Y.—Tanner Shaw's empty-net goal with seven seconds left in regulation, forced #7/9 UMass Boston men's hockey to settle for a 3-3 tie at #14/16 Hobart College on Saturday afternoon.
#7/9 UMass Boston 3, Hobart College 3 (OT)
(UMass Boston 17-5-1, New England Hockey Conference 13-2-1)
(Hobart College 15-6-2, New England Hockey Conference 9-5-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
For the second-year in a row, #14/16 Hobart College scored an empty-net goal against the Beacons with under 10 seconds to play at "The Cooler."
The lost cost the Beacons a chance to clinch the New England Hockey Conference Regular Season Title with two games to play. With the Beacons and #12/14 Babson College tying, UMass Boston leads Babson and #8/10 Norwich University by four points with two games left in the regular season. UMass Boston needs just one point in their home-and-home series against Babson next weekend to clinch their second regular-season title in four years.
Junior goalie Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) came up huge against the top-scoring offense in the NEHC. The junior made a season-high 37 saves on 40 shots in the Beacons' first tie of the season.
Freshman Jeffrey Skinner (Houston, Texas) led the Beacons with a goal and an assist in the contest. Fellow freshman Stevie Bryant (Edmonds, Wash.) posted his second-career, multi-point game with two assists.
Hobart freshman netminder Liam Lascelle made 31 saves on 34 shots in his first career appearance against the Beacons.
Ryan Lynch, Will Harrison and Shaw all scored for the Statesmen, while Jack Macnee posted a team-high two points (two assists).
Hobart took a 1-0 lead just 3:16 into the contest. Macnee and Jonas Toupal set up Lynch for his fifth goal of the season.
UMass Boston answered back with two goals in a four-minute span.
The Beacons took their first lead of the game 3:46 later. With the Beacons on the power-play, Daniel Nachbaur fired a shot past Lascelle at 13:02.
After the Beacons outshot the Statesmen 12-10 in the first period, Hobart took control in the second and third periods.
The Statesmen outshot UMass Boston 13-9 in the second and tied the game up at 4:31. Harrison took passes from Zach Tyson and Mark Benemerito, before slipping a shot inside the near post.
UMass Boston regained the lead at 5:07 of the third. The freshman duo of Bryant and Skinner connected, with Skinner recording his second goal in as many days.
Hobart spoiled the Beacons' hopes of a victory with seven seconds remaining. After UMass Boston hit the post twice with a one-goal lead, including once with the net empty, Shaw managed to score with seven ticks left on the clock.
UMass Boston regained the momentum in overtime, but couldn't score on any of their five shots on goal.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Hobart outshot the Beacons 40-34 and held a 50-34 edge in face-offs. The Beacons earned a 5-1 edge in shots in overtime.
- The Beacons finished 1-5 on the power-play, while holding Hobart to an 0-3 showing.
- Saturday's game marked the Beacons first tie of the season. UMass Boston hadn't recorded a tie since January 21, 2017 when they tied Castleton University 2-2.
- Six of the Beacons' eight points on Saturday came from freshmen.
- With the tie, UMass Boston leads the all-time series 5-2-2 against the Statesmen. The two teams had not tied since January 30, 1999, when the contest finished 6-6.
#7/9 UMass Boston will travel to take on #12/14 Babson College on Friday night at 7 p.m. in their final road game of the season.