BOSTON, Mass.—#14/17 UMass Boston raced out to a 3-0 lead 8:39 into the contest and then put together a complete defensive effort the rest of the way, in a 4-2 New England Hockey Conference win over #8/10 Norwich University.
#14/17 UMass Boston 4, #8/10 Norwich 2
(UMass Boston 4-0, NEHC 3-0)
(Norwich University 2-1-1, NEHC 2-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
UMass Boston jumped on the Cadets from the opening seconds, as Norwich was whistled for a rare delay of game penalty before the starters were even announced.
The Beacons took advantage of the opportunity when they scored a power-play goal 99 seconds into the game. UMass Boston tacked on two more goals in the next seven minutes to secure the lead for good.
Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) came up huge in net for the Beacons, making 29 saves on 31 shots. The junior netminder earned his first career win in three starts against the Cadets, by making 19 saves over the final two periods.
Garrett Gallagher (Aston, Pa.) led the way offensively for the Beacons with a goal and three blocked shots, along with numerous deflections and breakups.
Felix Brassard paced the Cadets with a goal and an assist, while Kale Kane potted his first goal of the season.
Junior netminder Tom Aubrun suffered his first loss of the season, after allowing three goals on five shots in the opening nine minutes. Freshman Adam Mercer tacked on 20 saves on 21 shots in his collegiate debut.
UMass Boston grabbed a 1-0 lead at 1:39 into the contest. John Regnart (Anchorage, Alaska) sent a wrister from the blue line that Nachbaur deflected in for a power-play tally.
The Beacons doubled their lead just over three minutes later. UMass Boston won an offensive zone draw and Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) fed the puck to the far point for Bryan Carter (Hudson, Mass.). Carter lofted a shot towards net that Peters deflected over Auburn's shoulder for a 2-0 advantage at 4:46.
UMass Boston added a key insurance goal at 8:39. Freshman Jeffrey Skinner (Houston, Mass.) sent a centering feed from behind the net that nearly came all the way out of the zone, before Gallagher dove at the blue line to keep the puck in the zone. The senior defenseman then sent a soft low shot through traffic that Aubrun never saw.
Norwich began picking up their play towards the end of the period and earned a 10-8 advantage in shots.
The second period was even more lopsided, as the Cadets put the Beacons on their back foot for the majority of the period. Brassard put the Cadets on the board 2:55 into the stanza, when the Beacons couldn't corral a loose puck along the near boards. Brassard skated off the boards with the puck and fed Jordan Hall in front. Hall's effort slid wide of the crease, but Brassard was there to push the puck inside the near post for a 3-1 deficit.
UMass Boston's penalty kill kept the Beacons alive, as they successfully killed off all three Cadets power plays in the period.
The Beacons added a huge insurance goal 5:16 into the third. Pat Harrington (Stoneham, Mass.) slid the puck across to the far boards for Albano who sent a high wrister that Mercer couldn't see through traffic.
Norwich answered back 19 seconds later, when Brassard fed a wide-open Kale Kane who slid it back across the goalmouth to cut the deficit to 4-2.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Norwich outshot the Beacons 31-26 and recorded at least eight shots in all three periods.
- The Beacons finished 1-4 on the power-play and held Norwich to an 0-8 performance. UMass Boston's penalty kills has recorded 11-consecutive kills dating back to their win over the University of Southern Maine.
- UMass Boston played without senior captain Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) for just the second time in four seasons.
- With the win, UMass Boston snapped a six-game losing streak against the Cadets. The Beacons improved to 11-43 all-time against Norwich and 4-2 against Norwich in the last six meetings in Boston.
- MacBurnie made a season-high 29 stops in earning his first career win against the Cadets. He came into Friday's game 0-2 with a 5.00+ goals against average in two career starts against Norwich.
#14/17 UMass Boston will look to stay perfect in NEHC play on Saturday, when they host Castleton University at 4 p.m.