Men's Ice Hockey Pounds Framingham State in Non-Conference Action

BOSTON, Mass. – With hat-tricks from freshman Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) and senior Mike DeGrazia (Novi, Mich.) men's ice hockey got back on the winning track as they defeated Framingham State University by the final score of 9-4 Tuesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.

UMass Boston improved to 3-2-1 with Tuesday's victory, while the Rams fell to 0-4-0 overall.

Matt Meisenbacher recorded his
first win of his career against
Framingham State.
(photo by Tori Pizzuto '14)

On-top of the strong offensive play from the Beacons, head coach Peter Belisle also saw sophomore goalie Matt Meisenbacher (Basking Ridge, N.J.) earn his first career victory after posting 23 stops.  Meisenbacher, who saw limited time as a freshman, stepped into the goal for his first career start and anchored the Beacons defense.

Tuesday's match-up got off to a slow start for the Beacons as they allowed an early goal by the Rams before driving home their first two goals of the contest.  Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) put the first dent on the scoreboard for UMass Boston at the 10:50 mark on the power-play.  Jeremy Finger (Orlando, Fla.) then put UMB out in front on his second goal of the season just 27 seconds after Daniel's.

After the first intermission, Framingham State tied the game at two goals a-piece on power-play goal from Daniel Miressi.  Miressi also had the Rams first goal as well.  Despite scoring their second goal of the night, the Rams soon became overwhelmed by a relentless Beacons offense.  In the first period, UMB held a slim +5 advantage in shots on goal (14-9).  That changed drastically in the second as the Beacons offense hit their stride and fired off a combined 24 shots, while the defense did their part limiting the Rams to a mere seven chances.

In the second frame MacIntyre would record all three of his goals, while DeGrazia would net his first of the night on the power-play.  Eric Walsh did break-up the Beacons scoring run with his first goal of the season at the 18:44 mark.

Even with the late tally by Walsh, the Beacons offense could not be stopped.  In the third DeGrazia led the scoring with a pair of goals.  Freshman Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) got in on the action scoring his third goal of the campaign at 8:47.

Just like the second the Beacons dominated the shots column tallying 15 in the period, bringing their game total to 53.  Framingham managed 11 shots in the third to close out the game with 27 chances.

On the night UMB was 2-for-4 on the power-play, while Framingham went 1-for-6 overall. 

Men's Ice Hockey returns to action on Saturday when they face Johnson and Wales University (R.I.) in the first round of the P.A.L. Stovepipe Classic hosted by Southern New Hampshire University.  Start time for Saturday's game is scheduled for 1 p.m.