GENEVA, N.Y. – After allowing the game-tying goal with 5.5 seconds left in regulation, it only took the seventh/10th ranked Beacons 52 seconds to clinch a 4-3 New England Hockey Conference win as they defeated the ninth/11th ranked Statesmen of Hobart College Saturday afternoon at the Cooler.
#7/10 UMass Boston 4, #9/11 Hobart College 4 (OT)
UMass Boston (13-4-0, 8-2-0 NEHC)
Hobart College (8-5-4, 5-3-2 NEHC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) netted the game-winning goal after linemate Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) found his teammate wide open on the far side of the ice in a 2-v-1 situation. The Beacons would set-up the game-winning play, after forcing a turnover in front of their own net. They would then find Larkin and Redler all alone in the neutral zone. They then skated in pace and ended the huge conference match-up with one decisive pass and shot.
The Beacons were just seconds away from not even needing the overtime period, but Hobart was able to tie the score at 3-3, with Lawson MacDougall scoring an extra man goal to keep the game alive. That goal was the lone score of the third period, with a combined five other goals coming in the second period.
The second frame of Saturday's contest would start with Hobart finding the back of the net on a power-play goal less than six minutes in. The Beacons would then tie the score at 1-1 just over three minutes later on a shorthanded goal by Jack Riley (Wrentham, Mass.). Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) and David MacGregor (Azusa, Calif.) assisted on the crucial man-down goal.
Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.) then gave the Beacons their first lead of the day on a power-play goal at the 14:34 mark. Hobart would keep the trend going as they then tied the score with Jordan Haskell finding the back of the net.
Looking as if the second period was going to end in a draw, UMB made one final charge at Hobart's goal, which paid-off in a big way. With just 18 ticks left on the clock Tyler Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) pushed UMB out in front 3-2. Sifferlen also assisted the Beacons second goal, to cap-off a two-point game for the forward.
The third period was a back-and-forth affair for the two national powers, as UMB was looking for a huge four-point weekend, while the Statesmen were hoping to prevent a weekend sweep. Neither team found the back of the net until Hobart netted the then tying goal, just as UMB was getting ready to earn the victory.
Despite the late tally, the Beacons did not waiver, as they wasted no time ending the contest to earn the four-point weekend and a solid hold on second place in the conference standings.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time UMass Boston is now 4-1-1 against Hobart College
- The Beacons are now 2-0-1 in the Cooler and will face the Statesmen one more time on their home ice before the postseason tournament
- On the day each team finished with 40 shots goal
- Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made a combined 37 saves and improved to 12-2-0 on the year
- UMass Boston finished 1-for-2 on the power-play, while Hobart went 1-for-6
The Beacons will host the University of Southern Maine on Friday at 7 p.m. in a conference game.