WATERVILLE, Maine—Behind four goals from the top line and 35 saves from Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.), #9/12 UMass Boston men's hockey knocked off host Colby College 5-1 in the first game of the Bowdoin/Colby Classic.
#9/12 UMass Boston 5, Colby College 1
(UMass Boston 8-1)
(Colby College 1-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
UMass Boston scored two goals in the first, two more in the second and one in the third to advance to the de-facto championship game on Sunday. The Beacons will take on host Bowdoin College at 4pm, after Bowdoin defeated St. Anselm College 6-1.
Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) scored a pair of goals, while linemates Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) and Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) each finished with a goal and an assist. Sophomore Tyler Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) also scored for the Beacons, who earned their sixth-straight win.
Freshmen Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) led the Beacons with his two assists in the win.
MacBurnie moved to 7-0-0 on the season, by stopping a season-high 35 saves on 36 shots.
Colby senior Phil Klitirinos scored the lone goal for the Mules, with Michael Rudolf picking up an assist on the play.
In net, Andrew Tucci fell to 0-1 after making 31 saves on 36 shots in the first appearance of his sophomore season.
UMass Boston opened the scoring at 8:08, when Redler scored off passes from Bross and Bryan Carter (Hudson, Mass.).
Sifferlen doubled the lead at 15:59, with Albano and David MacGregor (Asuza, Calif.) being credited with assists.
After Colby came out as the aggressor to start the second, Redler scored against the flow of play at 12:58. This time it was Riley and John Regnart (Anchorage, Alaska) earning assists.
Klitirinos briefly cut the deficit to two at 17:01, but Larkin answered with less than 10 seconds remaining in the period. Albano earned the lone assist on the play.
Bross closed out the scoring at 12:33 of the third, when he blasted a shot from the blue line off a pass from Larkin.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The two teams each finished with 36 shots.
- UMass Boston improved to 16-21-2 all-time against the Mules and extended their unbeaten streak to four-straight games (3-0-1).
- Redler has already passed his freshman-year goal total in just nine games. The sophomore recorded 10 goals as a freshman and now has 11 goals through his first nine games.
- UMass Boston finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while Colby ended the day 0-for-4.
- MacBurnie's 35 saves marked the second-most saves of his career, behind a 37-save performance against Babson College at Fenway Park last year.
#9/12 UMass Boston will travel to Bowdoin College on Sunday at 4 p.m. for the Bowdoin/Colby Classic Championship Game.