Three Goal Third Propels Beacons To 7-4 Win In P.A.L. Classic Semis

Three Goal Third Propels Beacons To 7-4 Win In P.A.L. Classic Semis

HOOKSET, N.H.—UMass Boston (5-2-1) used a three-goal flurry over a span of nine minutes early in the third period to down Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) (2-6) 7-4 in the first round of the Manchester PAL/Stovepipe Tournament Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Beacons advances to the Championship Game Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. against the winner of host Southern New Hampshire University and the University of New England. It is the fifth straight year the Beacons have made it to the title game, with UMB winning three of the past four.

Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) led the Beacons third-period rally with the game-winning goal and two assists in the period. For the game, the sophomore finished with a goal and three assists. 

Six other players scored in the win including freshman Derek Colucci (North Scituate, R.I.) who scored his first collegiate points with a goal just 2:37 into the game.

Seniors Rob Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.), Mike DeGrazia (Novi, Mich.) and Tim Niedzielak (Chicago, Ill.) each scored, with Florentino adding two assists, to grab the team-lead with nine.

Freshman Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Kit Sitterley (Mooresville, N.C.) added the final two goals for the Beacons. 

Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) made six saves on six shot over the course of the third period to earn his third win of the season. Fellow goaltender Matt Meisenbacher (Basking Ridge, N.J) made 10 stops on 14 shots in his second career start. 

UMass Boston dominated the contest with a 56-20 shot advantage. The Wildcats penalty kill was able to hold UMB's power-play off the scoreboard for the first time all season, as UMass Boston went 0-for-2. Johnson & Wales had slightly more success, finishing 1-for-3.

The Beacons jumped out to an early lead just 2:37 into the game, when Tim Richter (Naugatuck, Conn.) found Colucci, for the freshman's first career goal. Johnson & Wales evened the score late in the first period, when Jason Pietrasiak found the back of the net on the power play to even the score at 1-1 after one.

The Wildcats would grab their lone lead of the game less than minutes into the third period, when Josh Obregon scored unassisted. That lead would hold up for less than eight minutes, as Sitterley scored at 10:28, with Florentino and Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) picking up assists.

Florentino would help UMB grab the lead back at 3-2, when he scored at 11:12. Freshman Max Reavis (Omaha, Neb.) and Daniel were credited with assists on the play. 

The two team would trade goals over the next five minutes with Alex Porrier scoring for the Wildcats and DeAugustine finding the back of the net for UMB. Sophomore defenseman John Houston (Pittsburgh, Pa.) picked up his second assist on the year on the DeAugustine marker.

Erick Vos would tie the game for the final time at 16:58 of the second period to send the two teams into the second intermission tied at four. 

UMass Boston wanted no part in another overtime game, as they outshot the Wildcats 15-6 in the third period, while lighting the scoreboard up three times.

Daniel got the scoring underway at 3:20, when freshman Andrew Crawford (Medford, Mass.) found him for his team-leading second game-winning goal of the year.

He would play a part in each of the next two goals as well, as DeGrazia made it 6-4 at 4:58, while Niedzielak capped off the scoring at the 12:17 mark. For Niedzielak, it was his third career goal, and first of his senior season.