Strong Special Teams Lead Men's Hockey Past UMass Dartmouth

Strong Special Teams Lead Men's Hockey Past UMass Dartmouth

DARTMOUTH, Mass.—Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) scored two goals and added an assist, to lead UMass Boston men's hockey past rival UMass Dartmouth 5-3 on Tuesday night at Hetland Arena. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 5, UMass Dartmouth 3

(UMass Boston 6-4-1) 
(UMass Dartmouth 2-8-1) 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

Junior Nick Albano's (Beverly, Mass.) goal midway through the second period, snapped a 2-2 deadlock and lifted UMass Boston past UMass Dartmouth. 

Freshman Andy Walker (Mason, Mich.) staked the visiting Beacons to a 1-0 advantage with 3:26 remaining in the opening period, but junior Eric Bolden evened matters for the host Corsairs (95 seconds into the middle stanza.  

The two teams traded goals in a 52 second span before Albano's tally gave UMass Boston the lead for good heading into the final 20 minutes of play, and senior Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) extended that margin to 4-2 21 seconds into the third period. Freshman Austin Miller sliced UMass Dartmouth's deficit back to one 1:24 later, but sophomore Ethan Nitkin (Miami Beach, Fla.) provided an insurance goal for UMass Boston just 47 seconds after that tally to account for the final margin.

Redler added a second period goal and an assist to finish with three points in the triumph for the Beacons, who received three helpers from junior Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) as well as two assists from senior Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.).  Senior Jeffrey Skinner (Houston, Tex.) and freshman Nick Daluisio (Aston, Pa.) collected single helpers for UMass Boston, which received a 29-save performance between the pipes from senior Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.).

Sophomore Chris Stangarone made a career-high 33 saves in the setback for UMass Dartmouth.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston earned a 38-32 advantage in shots. Both teams won 34 face-offs. 
  • The Beacons went 4-7 on the power-play and added a short-handed tally. On the other side, UMass Dartmouth went 0-8 on the power-play. 
  • Redler moved into eight-place in program history in career points (120) with his three-point night. He needs just nine points to move into the top five all-time. 
  • Bross has now recorded multiple points in four of his nine appearances this year. 
  • UMass Boston is now 21-10 all-time against the Corsairs. The Beacons have now 13 of the past 14 meetings. 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will be idle until Friday, January 3rd, when the Beacons entertain Albertus Magnus in opening round play of the 55th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament in Boston that face off at 1:00 pm.

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