January 17, 2014

Three-Goal Third Period Lifts #6/11 Men's Hockey To 4-1 Win Over St. Anselm

MANCHESTER, N.H.—#6/11 UMass Boston men's hockey (13-1-2, 6-1-2 ECAC East) used three third-period goals to down host St. Anselm College (5-6-3, 3-4-3 ECAC East) and match the program-record for longest winning streak Friday night with a 4-1 victory at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena.

The victory marked the Beacons program-record tying 11th straight win and extended their program-record unbeaten streak to 14 in a row.

Senior Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) led the Beacons with a goal and an assist. The fourth-line right-winger recorded a short-handed tally for the second-straight contest and the goal proved to be his third game-winning goal of the year.

A trio of UMass Boston freshman defenseman registered the other three goals, as Cody Dixon (Hales Corners, Wisc.), Zac Zakas (Danvers, Mass.) and Sam Boyd (Lake Worth, Fla.) all found the back of the net. Zakas, who was playing in his first collegiate game, scored the Beacons' third tally to put the game firmly in the Beacons' favor.

In net, Billy Faust (Alta Loma, Calif.) stayed hot for UMass Boston, stopping 37 of the 38 shots he faced, including the final 21 he faced. 

Senior Joe Tebano accounted for Saint Anselm's lone goal of the night, while Nick Dries made allowed three goals on 34 shots.

UMass Boston leapt out to an early 1-0 lead 3:07 into the contest when Dixon sent a rocket past Dries for his fourth goal of the season. Kuhn earned the lone assist on the play.

The Hawks would quickly turn the tide, as they dominated the rest of the period, outshooting UMB 19-6 and earning a 14-11 advantage in the face-off dot.

While Faust managed to stop the first 16 St. Anselm shots of the night, Tebano evened the score at 1-1 at 18:01 on the Hawks third power-play opportunity of the period. Tebano took passes from Bryan Sullivan and Greg Merrill before poking the puck past Faust, to end the Beacons' goaltender's 78-minute scoreless streak.

UMass Boston would settle down in the second period and earn an 11-7 shot advantage, but neither team would find the back of the net.

After Kit Sitterley (Mooresville, N.C.) was whistled for tripping at 2:05 of the third, Kuhn scored his career-high seventh marker of the year off a feed from Albee Daley (Averill Park, N.Y.). The game-winning goal marked Kuhn's third in eight games, including back-to-back game-winning goals in UMass Boston's last two road games.

The Beacons managed to push the lead to 3-1 with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Zakas, who was a late addition to the lineup after another defenseman broke his blade before the game, rocketed a shot from the point that beat Dries. Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was credited with an assist on the play.

Boyd put the game out of reach at 18:37 with an empty-net tally. The freshman defenseman took passes from Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) and Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) before finding the back of the net.

UMass Boston's penalty-kill unit was huge all night long, as the Beacons held the Hawks to a 1-for-7 night and matched the St. Anselm power-play tally with a short-handed marked of their own. The Beacons didn't fare as well on their power-play, finishing 0-for-5. 

The Beacons will look to set a new program-record for the longest winning streak Saturday, when UMass Boston travels to New England College.