December 13, 2013

DeAugustine Sparks #16/20 Men's Hockey's 9-2 Win Over Wentworth

BOSTON, Mass.—Frankie DeAugustine's (Pittsburgh, Pa.) career-high four-goal game sparked an offensive outburst for #16/20 UMass Boston Men's Hockey, as the Beacons finished off first-semester with a 9-2 victory over Wentworth Institute of Technology Friday night at the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.

The Beacons scored twice in the first, added four more goals in the second and three more in the third, to move to 7-2-1 on the season. Wentworth, the defending ECAC East Northeast Conference champion, wraps up the first-half at 4-7-1.

DeAugustine scored the Beacons' first two goals of the night to spark UMass Boston after a slow start to the contest and added tallies in the second and third period to earn his best night as a collegiate player. His four goals rank in a tie for third-most in program-history, behind only UMass Boston Hall of Famer Joe McCafferty ('83) and Keith Smith's ('88) five goals.

Linemates Kit Sitterley (Mooresville, N.C.) and Jeremy Finger (Orlando, Fla.) each added three points apiece to help UMB register a new season-high with nine goals.

Not to be outmatched, all three members of the Beacons' fourth-line (Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.), Connor McStravick (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) recorded a goal, with Grinhaus adding an assist.

Sophomore Mike Miller (Wrentham, Mass.) added the Beacon's ninth goal, while Tyler Bishop (Ramsey, N.J.) and Derek Colucci (North Scituate, R.I.) each picked up two assists in the win.

In net, Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) made 12 saves on 12 shots over two periods to earn the win, while junior Matt Meisenbacher (Basking Ridge, N.J.) posted 10 saves on 12 shots in his season debut.

Sophomore Joel Miller took the loss after allowing five goals on 23 shots before being pulled just over midway through the contest. Backup Alex Peck didn't fare much better, as the junior recorded 18 saves on 22 shots. 

DeAugustine set the tone for the Beacons after a slow start to the opening period with a nifty wrister at 8:52 of the first period. The sophomore second-liner skated in on an odd-man rush and looked for a trailer, before sneaking the puck past Miller on the near-post.

He added a second tally just before the end of the period, when he took advantage of a bad turnover by Miller. Miller elected to play a puck in his crease rather than covering up and sent the puck to Sitterley in the circle. Sitterley fed DeAugustine just outside the crease and DeAugustine shielded off a defender and sent a high back-hand shot just over Miller's left shoulder for a 2-0 lead with 38 seconds to play in the period.

UMass Boston piled it on in the second period, as Kuhn and DeAugustine picked up power-play tallies and Sitterley and Miller registered even-strength markers.

The Beacons continued to cruise in the third, with McStravick and Grinhaus pushing the lead to 8-0 just 3:27 into the period.

Lawton McCracken (power-play) and Mike Cox put Wentworth on the board late in the contest, before DeAugustine put an exclamation point on his night with a one-timer goal at 18:46 of the third period.

UMass Boston will return to action January 4 at 1pm when they host Suffolk University in the first round of the 49th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament.