BOSTON, Mass. – With a solid 34 stops from Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) and a pair of second period goals the 15th ranked Beacons handed 6th/8th ranked Hobart College their first-ever New England Hockey Conference loss as UMass Boston registered a 2-1 win Friday evening at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
#15 UMass Boston 2, #6/8 Hobart College 1
UMass Boston (6-1-0, 4-1-0 New England Hockey Conference)
Hobart College (4-2-1, 3-1-1 New England Hockey Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a back-and-forth first period in which the two ranked teams battled for control, things opened-up in the second stanza. After a pair of Hobart shots were stopped by MacBurnie, the Beacons quick countered on the other side of the ice.
David MacGregor (Azusa, Calif.) registered UMB's first shot on goal of the second. The shot would hit off-of Alexander Connal and would find Bryan Carter (Hudson, Mass.) wide-open at the point. He would then rip a shot that would beat Connal to give the Beacons 1-0 lead at the 2:12 mark.
From there, the Statesmen would try to score the equalizer but were stopped by the MacBurnie wall. Six minutes after the Carter tally, senior Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) scored what would become the game-winner. Very much like the first a shot from the point by Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) would be pushed wide by Connal.
This time Larkin collected the free puck and fired home the near post goal, his seventh of the campaign. With all the momentum, now in their corner the Beacons continued to battle the Statesmen until the horn sounded for the second intermission.
The Statesmen only tally of the contest came in just the fourth minute of the final frame. Despite the early score, the Beacons defense did not falter even a little bit as they consistently handled every Hobart rush. With less than two minutes left in regulation, the Statemen pulled Connal for the extra forward.
MacBurnie and his defense continued hold strong in the final seconds, and nearly saw Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) seal the victory on a long shot that missed just wide. Hobart's final opportunity to score the equalizer was stopped as the Beacons won their final face-off of the contest to clinch the huge victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Hobart College held a 35-30 advantage in shots on goal
- The Beacons were 0-for-1 on the power-play, while the Statemen finished 0-for-4
- MacBurnie's 34 saves marked a season-high for the sophomore
- Carter's goal was the first of the year for the junior defenseman
- Friday's contest marked the first meeting between UMB and Hobart since the Beacons 2-0 win over the Statesmen in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament
- All-time UMass Boston is 4-1-1 against the Statesmen, and are now 3-0 on their home ice
The Beacons will host Skidmore College tomorrow at 4 p.m.