Meisenbacher Shuts Down Penmen In 3-0 Men's Hockey Win

BOSTON, Mass.—#15/18 UMass Boston (11-3-1) scored two goals 20 seconds apart and Matt Meisenbacher (Basking Ridge, N.J.) earned his first career shutout as the Beacons skated to a 3-0 win over Southern New Hampshire University (2-11-0) Tuesday night at the Clark Athletic Ice Arena. 

Meisenbacher made 17 saves and earned his second career win in as many tries. The sophomore netminder made nine saves in the third period to keep the Penmen from mounting a comeback.

Freshmen Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led the way offensive with a goal and an assist, while linemate Kit Sitterley (Mooresville, N.C.) recorded two assists for the second straight game. 

Seniors Rob Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.) and Tim Richter (Nagatuck, Conn.) rounded out the scoring, while Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) picked up an assist each.

The Beacons dominated play from start to finish despite their own inability to find the back of the net on several great chances. For the game, UMass Boston outshot Southern New Hampshire 44-17, with double-digit shots in each stanza.

Richter put the Beacons on the board at 4:33 of the first when he took a pass from Sitterley  on an odd-man rush and sent a high-wrister past Tyler Holske. 

Holske made 41 saves on the night for the Penmen who lost their eighth straight game. 

Almost 30 minutes later, DeAugustine made it 2-1 when the Beacons used a number of tic-tac toe passes to pull Holske out of position and DeAugustine banged it home.

The Beacons struck again just 20 seconds later, when Grinhaus won a faceoff in the Penmen's zone and sent it back to Florentino,-who proceeded to send a low slap-shot from the point into the twine to make it 3-0.

Southern New Hampshire would have their share of chances in the third period because of UMB penalties, but the Penmen failed to score on all three of their power-play opportunities. UMass Boston didn't fare any better on the power-play, as they finished 0-for-5.

UMass Boston will return to the road Friday to take on St. Anselm College at 7 p.m.