BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston men's hockey erupted for four goals in the final stanza, to cruise to a 7-2 win over the University of Southern Maine on Senior Day at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
UMass Boston 7, University of Southern Maine 2
(UMass Boston 16-9, NEHC 11-7)
(Southern Maine 3-18-4, NEHC 3-12-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a tense first 40 minutes, UMass Boston scored two goals in the opening 3:13 of the third and lone senior Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) struck for two late goals, to turn the game into a laugher.
Larkin set the program record for games played Saturday by dressing in his 109th game as a Beacon. He made it a memorable one, with two goals, one assist, a team-high 10 shots and an 8-14 showing in the face-off dot.
Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) netted two goals for the second-straight day and tied Larkin with a team-best three points.
Sophomore goalie Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made 22 saves on 24 shots to earn his second-straight win and 15th of the season.
Southern Maine freshman goalie Anthony D'Aloisio was charged with allowing seven goals for the second-straight day. D'Aloisio made 37 saves on 44 shots in the loss.
Alex Panatalone and Brendan Murphy each scored for the visitors, who suffered their ninth-straight loss to close out the regular season.
UMass Boston came out on fire to open the first period and struck for two goals in a 19-second span to open the scoring.
Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) found Gallagher at the blue line and Gallagher roofed a shot just under the bar to make it 1-0 at 8:34.
The Beacons doubled their lead at 8:53 on a perfectly-executed 2-on-1. Tyler Sifferlen's (North Andover, Mass.) shot was kicked aside, but the rebound fell directly in Wickline's path and he easily scored for a 2-0 lead.
Southern Maine took away some of the Beacons' momentum with 2:19 left in the period. With the Beacons already failing to score on a 5-on-3, Brett Norman forced a turnover in the Beacons' defensive zone and left a pass for a wide-open Murphy for a short-handed tally.
The Beacons pushed their lead back to two at 3:56 of the second. Larkin and Redler traded passes on the power play, before Larkin sent a pass down low for a Redler one-timer to make it a 3-1 game.
Southern Maine cut the deficit back to 3-2 with a power-play goal of their own. The Huskies moved the puck around the edges, before Jonathan Bartuccio-Pereira blasted a slapshot from the top of the circle. MacBurnie made the initial save, but Pantalone tipped home the rebound to make it 3-2 at 10:03.
Neither side could find a way to score before the second intermission, setting up a potential thrilling finish.
Redler took away some of the drama with a goal just 39 seconds into the third. Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) skated into the zone and sent a beautiful backhand feed in front to Redler, who skated past D'Aloisio and deposited the puck into an empty net for a 4-2 lead.
UMass Boston stretched their lead to three with a goal at 3:13. Bryan Carter (Hudson, Mass.) found Regnart all alone at the top of the slot and Regnart knifed a shot past the Southern Maine goalie for a 5-2 advantage.
The Beacons put the game away for a good with a power-play goal at 10:08. Nick Albano's (Beverly, Mass.) shot from the point got slowed down on the way towards goal and Larkin redirected it past D'Aloisio for a 6-2 lead.
Larkin capped off his final regular-season game with a tally at 18:10. Gallagher found a wide-open Evan Heldt (Sylvania, Ohio) at the far point and Heldt blasted a shot towards net. D'Aloisio managed to stop the initial shot, but the rebound fell to a wide-open Larkin who shoveled it in for the final 7-2 scoreline.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Huskies 44-24 and earned a 42-36 edge in face-offs.
- The Beacons went 2-4 on the man-advantage and held Southern Maine to a 1-2 showing.
- With the win, UMass Boston took the season-series 2-1 and improves to 17-19-1 all-time against the Huskies.
- Larkin closes out the regular-season with a career-high 22 goals and 43 points. He has recorded 62 goals and 83 assists for 145 career points. With his assist today, Larkin moved into third-place all-time in program history in career assists.
- MacBurnie became only the third goalie in program history to win 15 or more games in a single-season. He joins Zach Andrews ('16) and Billy Faust ('16) who won 17 and 16 games respectively.
- Bross is just the second player in the current millennium to reach the 30 assist mark in a single-season.
Fourth-seeded UMass Boston will host fifth-seeded New England College on Saturday February 10 at 7 p.m. in the New England Hockey Conference Quarterfinals. The Beacons went 2-1 against the Pilgrims in the regular season, including a 4-2 win over New England College on Friday night.