Curry College Downs #12 Men's Hockey 3-1 On Opening Night

Curry College Downs #12 Men's Hockey 3-1 On Opening Night

BOSTON, Mass.—Curry College struck for three goals in the final eight minutes, to stun #12 UMass Boston men's hockey 3-1 on Opening Night at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink. 

THE BASICS

Curry College 3, #12 UMass Boston 1

(UMass Boston 0-1) 
(Curry College 1-0) 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

Despite a slow start to the contest, UMass Boston went into the first intermission leading 1-0 and only got stronger from there. The Beacons created a slew of odd-man rush chances in the second period and dominated the start of the third, only to see the Colonels scored three consecutive goals. 

Junior Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) scored the Beacons lone tally, with Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) picking up an assist on the goal. 

Senior Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made 29 saves on 31 shots in the loss. 

Curry's Mic Curran paced the visitors with a goal and an assist, while Nick Magill-Diaz and Mark Zhukov each added a goal. Junior defenseman Tyler Lindstrom chipped in with two assists. 

In net, Justin Ketola made 28 saves on 29 shots to earn his second-straight win over the Beacons. 

After a back-and-forth first four minutes, Curry College took control of the first period when the Beacons were whistled for their first penalty of the game. The Colonels created several chances on the power-play and kept the momentum going after the two teams went back to skating five-on-five. 

UMass Boston opened the scoring at 13:18. Redler won a face-off from the right of the goalie and dropped it back to Bross, who sent a quick wrist-shot past Ketola for a 1-0 advantage. 

Curry bounced back and ended up outshooting the Beacons 12-3 in the first period, but they couldn't solve MacBurnie. 

After the first intermission, UMass Boston came out much stronger and created a slew of odd-man-rushes in the period. Despite generating at least a half-dozen chances, UMass Boston couldn't add to their lead and settled for a 1-0 lead going into the second intermission. 

The third period saw the Beacons come out firing, creating a bevy of chances in the opening five minutes of the stanza. 

Curry tied the game at 11:13 off a goal from Magill-Diaz. Off a broken 3-on-2 play, Curran found a wide-open Magill-Diaz at the back post for an easy goal.

The Beacons had a great chance to regain the lead at 14:15. UMass Boston forced Ketola to turn over the puck while he was out of goal and Nachbaur found a wide-open Redler, only for Redler's shot to ping off the post.

Curry capitalized at 17:58. Eetu Selanne beat a pair of Beacons along the near boards, skated the puck to the front of the net and found Mark Zhukov for the go-ahead goal. 

UMass Boston pulled their goalie with 1:32 to go and forced two Ketola saves, before Curran potted an empty-net goal with six seconds left.

BY THE NUMBERS 

  • Curry earned a 32-29 edge in shots, but the Beacons outshot the visitors 26-20 over the final two frames. 
  • UMass Boston started the game with six of their forwards unavailable and just 18 total skaters dressed. The Beacons played with 11 forwards for most of the game, after a player was injured in the first period. 
  • The Beacons earned a 30-29 edge in face-offs. UMass Boston finished 0-2 on the power-play, while Curry ended the night 0-5. 
  • Nine Beacons' freshmen made their collegiate debuts in the contest.  
  • With the win, Curry has won two-straight over the Beacons. UMass Boston leads the all-time series 8-2. 
  • Freshman Andy Walker (Mason, Mich.) led the Beacons by going 9-12 in the face-off dot. 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will look to earn their first win of the season on Saturday, when they host Wentworth Institute of Technology at 4 p.m.