MANCHESTER, N.H.—After suffering a disappointing third period letdown against St. Anselm College in the first matchup, UMass Boston (12-3-1, 5-3-1) got their revenge against the Hawks (8-4-2, 5-4-1) 3-1 Friday night behind a career night from Steve Weston (Henniker, N.H.) at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena.
Weston scored his second game-winning goal of the season and added an assist to match his previous career high with two points. After finding the back of the net five times in his first 70 games, the senior defenseman has now scored twice in 15 games this season, including the game-winner against ECAC East rival University of New England.
Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) and Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J) added goals to push the Beacons winning streak to three games. Freshman Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Max Reavis (Omaha, Neb.) each chipped in with assists in the victory.
In net, freshman Zach Andrews (Coarl Springs, Fla.) earned his tenth victory in 13 starts by making 27 saves. The freshman netminder stopped the final 25 shots he saw on the night, to help the Beacons avenge a 5-4 overtime loss to St. Anselm on November 3.
Robert Kang fell to 4-3-2 despite making 28 saves on 31 shots.
UMass Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead 61 seconds into the contest when MacIntyre scored off of a Weston pass.
Almost three minutes later with the Hawks on the power-play, McKillop beat Andrews at 3:37 of the first, with Joe Trebano and Eric Czapaka picking up assists.
Late in the second period, Weston found the back of the net unassisted at 18:34 to give the Beacons the lead for good at 2-1.
The third period went back and forth with both teams failing to convert on their two power-play opportunities. After UMass Boston killed off of power-play with 2:06 remaining in the game, Daniel came out of the box and put the game away with an unassisted goal at 18:59.
St. Anselm recorded two shots in the final minute of play, but Andrews would be up to the task with two saves, to move to 10-3-1.