Jan. 23, 2010

Box Score

BIDDEFORD, ME -- Senior forward Kris Kranzky (Glendora, CA) scored with 1:27 remaining to give University of Massachusetts Boston a 5-4 win over the University of New England Nor'easters in an ECAC Men's East ice hockey game Saturday at Biddeford Arena.

Positioned in front of the cage, Kranzky poked home a pass from senior Anthony Cosmano (Wheaton, IL) just as a UNE penalty had expired. The goal--Kranzky's second of the afternoon--helped save the Beacons, who had let a pair of two-goal advantages slip away.

Trailing 4-2 after two periods, the Nor'easters rallied behind their top line. First-year forward Paul Kashmanian (Grand Island, NY) sliced UNE's deficit in half when he converted from just in front of the crease at 11:26 of the third.

The Nor'easters would knot the score (4-4) at the 14:59 mark as first-year Jake Moscatel (Lexington, MA) broke in and back-handed a shot just inside the left post.

UMass Boston assumed control of the game at the outset on first-period power-play goals by junior Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) and junior Vinnie Jacona (East Stroudsburg, PA)

Kashmanian got the Nor'easters on the board 48 seconds into the second frame, but UMass Boston first-year forward Mike DeGrazia (Novi, MI) scored on the power play to push the Beacons' lead back to two (3-1).

UNE junior Jack Nolin (Somersworth, NH) responded just 13 seconds later with his team-leading fourth goal, only to see Kranzky counter 34 seconds later.

Junior Gentry Zollars (Pittsburgh, PA) and sophomore Bryan Albert (Redlands, CA) each handed out a pair of assists for UMass Boston.

Sophomore Kevin Bendel (Denville, NJ) made 25 saves for the Beacons, who outshot UNE 40-29 and converted 3 of 10 power-play opportunities.

Kashmanian, Moscatel and Nolin had three points apiece as the Nor'easters scored a season-high four times. First-year goaltender Dallas Ungurian (Edmonton, ALB) stopped 35 shots between the pipes.

Both teams return to action next Friday and Saturday. UMass Boston (8-7-1, 4-6-1 ECAC) hosts Norwich University at 7:00 p.m. and Saint Michael's College, while UNE (1-15, 0-11) heads to Amherst College and Hamilton College.

Material used in this report courtesy of University of New England Sports Information.