BOSTON, Mass—#7/8 UMass Boston scored four goals in a 3:11 span of the second period, to blow past rival Babson College and secure their second New England Hockey Conference Regular Season Title in four seasons.
BY THE NUMBERS
#7/8 UMass Boston 8, #16/16 Babson College 4
(UMass Boston 18-6-1, New England Hockey Conference 14-3-1)
(Babson College 16-6-3, New England Hockey Conference 11-4-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons scored four goals on a five-minute major and five power-play tallies overall, to bounce back from a 3-0 loss at Babson College on Friday night.
With the win, the Beacons wrapped up their third-ever regular-season title, joining the 1981-82 team and 2015-16 team.
Prior to the contest, UMass Boston honored the 10 members of their Class of 2019: John Bonno (Kennesaw, Ga.), Bryan Carter (Hudson, Mass.), Garrett Gallagher (Aston, Pa.), Drew Gannon (Plano, Texas) David MacGregor (Asuza, Calif.), Justin Holliday (Akron, Ohio), Garrison Sanipass (Northbrook, Ill.), John Regnart (Anchorage, Alaska), Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) and Anthony D'Urso (Rome, N.Y.). The group became the fifth class in program history to win 70 career games (70-31-6).
UMass Boston junior forward Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) put together a career-afternoon for the Beacons. The junior scored a career-best four goals and finished with six points in the victory.
Sophomore Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) had his hand in five of the Beacons' first six goals. He finished the contest with two goals and three assists for a career-best five points.
Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) was the final Beacons to put a monster day, as he notched a career-high four assists and four points.
In net, Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) earned his career-high 17th win of the season. The sophomore stopped 26 shots in the win.
Babson sophomore Nick Rosa and freshman Matt Wiesner were the lone Beavers to finish with multiple points. Rosa delivered a goal and an assist, to extend his point streak to four-straight against the Beacons (3 G, 2 A).
Senior goalie Matt Pompa made 40 saves on 48 shots to fall to 7-3-2 on the season.
Saturday's game got off to a frenetic start, with the two teams trading goals in the opening stanza.
Keene briefly gave the Beacons a 1-0 advantage at 2:54, with MacGregor and Albano picking up assists on the shot from the far-circle.
Babson answered at 7:22, when Ryan Black knocked a puck out of the air at the back post off of Rosa's initial shot.
The Beacons countered with a power-play goal of their own at 8:31. UMass Boston executed a perfect tic-tac-toe play, with Redler finishing with a backhand shot off feeds from Bross and Albano.
The Beavers responded at 14:52, with Matt Wiesner scoring off a feed from Tommy Munichiello.
Babson took their first and only lead of the game 57 seconds into the second period. After the Beacons were whistled for a penalty 47 seconds into the period, Patrick Flynn collected Cole Sanderson's rebound off a shot that went wide and one-timed it past MacBurnie for a power-play tally.
The entire game shifted minutes later, when Wiesner was sent off for a game-misconduct on a tripping penalty away from the play at 4:19.
UMass Boston capitalized in a huge way on the five-minute major, as they scored four-straight goals to grab a 6-3 lead.
Albano tied the game at 5:34 off a feed from Bross. UMass Boston took the lead back for good at 7:10, when Redler picked up Chuckran's rebound and finished into a wide-open net.
The Beacons took the first multiple-goal lead of the game 18 seconds later, with Redler feeding Albano for an impressive one-timer goal from the blue line.
UMass Boston closed out the scoring in the period at 8:45. Albano froze the defense and found a wide-open Redler to complete the hat trick.
Babson had a chance to get back into the game, as the Beacons were whistled for the next four penalties.
The Beavers best chance came late in the second, when UMass Boston was whistled for a major penalty and a minor at the same time. While the Beacons held the Beavers off the board for the duration of the 5-on-3 and the first four minutes of the major, Rosa cut the deficit to 6-4 at 1:39 of the third on another power-play goal.
UMass Boston put the game away for good at 12:09. Redler won a face-off back to Chuckran and Chuckran's shot was redirected past Pompa by Nitkin for a 7-4 lead.
Redler completed his huge day at 15:01, when he took passes from Bross and Nitkin and scored on another goal.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston dominated the shot category for a second-straight day, as they outshot the Beavers 48-30 (including 16-5 in the third). The Beacons also held a 37-30 edge in face-offs.
- With the win, the two teams have split the points in the season-series in each of the past five seasons and split the past 12 meetings (6-6). UMass Boston has outscored Babson by a slim 43-42 edge during that span.
- UMass Boston tied their season-high with five power-play goals and finished 5-7 overall. The Beavers ended the day 2-7, after scoring power-play goals on each of their first two opportunities.
- Chuckran recorded a pair of assists in the victory.
- With his huge night, Redler is one point shy of 100 for his career. The junior has recorded 48 goals and 51 points in 76 games. Saturday's game marked his second career hat trick.
- The Beacons closed out the regular season with an 11-1 mark at home and perfect 9-0 record in conference games. The Beacons outscored their NEHC opposition 47-19 at home and won every game by multiple goals.
Top-seeded UMass Boston will likely host eighth-seeded University of Southern Maine next Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NEHC Quarterfinals. The final seeding for the tournament will not be official until Sunday morning.