Hot Start Leads Men's Hockey Past Colby College

Hot Start Leads Men's Hockey Past Colby College

WATERVILLE, Maine—Derek Caruso (Port Washington, N.Y.) and Ethan Nitkin (Miami Beach, Fla.) scored two goals apiece, to lead UMass Boston men's hockey past host Colby College on Day 1 of the Colby/Bowdoin Face-off Classic. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 6, Colby College 3

(UMass Boston 4-3) 
(Colby College 2-3)

HOW IT HAPPENED

UMass Boston jumped out to a 3-0 lead after six minutes and used a strong finish to the second and start to the third period to put away the Mules. 

Caruso and Nitkin netted four of the Beacons six goals on the afternoon, with senior captain Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) tacking on a goal and two assists. 

Sophomore Chris Peters (Fairport, N.Y.) scored the opening goal for UMass Boston, to extend his point streak to five games. 

Dakota Keene (Poland, Maine), Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.) and Joe Petruzzella (Scottsdale, Ariz.) all tied Redler with two assists. 

In net, Nolan Egbert (North Massapequa, N.Y.) made 20 saves on 23 shots to improve to 3-0 on the season. 

Velan Nandhakumaran, Logan Clarke and Jacob Thousand all scored for the hosts, who saw their two-game winning streak snapped. Junior Justin Grillo paced the team with two assists. 

UMass Boston was all over Colby from the start and scored three goals in a 3:04 span of the first period. 

Peters opened the scoring on a 3-on-1 rush. Jack Riley (Wrentham, Mass.) sent a centering feed in front and after several stabs at it, Peters poked the loose puck home at 2:54. 

The Beacons made it 2-0 at 4:33. Andy Walker (Mason, Mich.) found Redler streaking into the zone and the senior whipped a pass to the back post for a Nitkin one-timer. 

UMass Boston pushed their lead to 3-0 just under 90 seconds later. With the Beacons on a 4-on-2 rush, Caruso sent a shot that Colby goalie Andrew Tucci slowed down, but the puck trickled over the line at 5:58. 

Colby began to shift the momentum later in the first and took advantage of several power-plays to start the second to get back into the game. 

Colby cut the deficit to 3-1 at 9:34 of the second, when Nandhakumaran received a pass in the low slot and sent a hard slap shot over Egbert's blocker for a power-play goal. 

The Mules tacked on a second goal just after one of their power-plays expired. Clarke sent a wrister through Egbert's five-hole to make it 3-2 at 16:39. 

UMass Boston picked up a huge momentum-shifting goal in the final minute of the period. After Nachbaur and Keene's initial shots were stopped by Tucci, the loose puck came out to Caruso who easily roofed it home into an empty-net at 19:19. 

The Beacons extended their lead back to three at the 4:57 mark of the third period. With the Beacons on a 2-on-2 rush, Redler outwaited the defenseman and sent a centering feed for Nitkin who poked it past the goalie on his first touch for a 5-3 lead. 

Redler closed out his 3-point day at 9:34. With the Beacons on a power-play, Redler tipped home Petruzzella's shot from in close. Billy Grant (Mansfield, Mass.) picked up a a second assist on the goal. 

The Mules closed out the scoring at 14:25, with a power-play goal of their own. The initial hot from the point was knocked down in front, but the rebound fell to a wide-open Thousand in front, for an easy goal. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • The two teams finished tied in shots (23-23) and Colby held a slim 26-22 edge in face-offs. 
  • Caruso's two-goal game marked his first career multi-goal game. The goals were his first goals since the 2016-17 season, when he scored two goals. 
  • UMass Boston went 1-3 on the power play, while the Mules finished the day 1-5. 
  • Redler moved into 11th place in program history for career points (114) with his 3-point day. He leads the Beacons with his seven goals and 14 points. 
  • UMass Boston improved to 17-21-2 all-time against the Mules. The Beacons are 4-0-1 against Colby since 2010. 
  • The Beacons have now won 3-straight games in the Colby-Bowdoin Face-off Classic. UMass Boston won the tournament during the 2017-18 season. 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will play host Bowdoin College on Sunday at 4 p.m. for the Colby/Bowdoin Face-off Classic Title. The Polar Bears defeated Albertus Magnus College 6-0 in the first game on Saturday.