Men's Hockey Overcomes Skidmore College 6-4

Men's Hockey Overcomes Skidmore College 6-4

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—UMass Boston (15-3-2, 8-3-2) overcame two deficits and scored three third-period goals to earn a 6-4 win Friday evening over Skidmore College (9-10-2, 6-7-1) at the Saratoga Springs City Rink.

The victory helped the Beacons win the season-series over the Thoroughbreds, after the two teams tied 4-4 at the Clark Athletic Center, and helped UMB exact some revenge over Skidmore, after the two teams played in last year's ECAC East Quarterfinals. Skidmore won the playoff matchup 3-2 over the Beacons, after overcoming an early 1-0 UMass Boston lead. 

With the win, the Beacons also extended their winning streak to seven and they have now won or tied nine of their past 10 ECAC East conference contests. 

Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) made sure the Beacons would get their revenge, as he finished with two goals and an assist. The second-line left-winger tied the game at one in the first, before scoring his second collegiate game-winner early in the third.

Linemate Kit Sitterley (Mooresville, N.C.) added a goal and an assist, while Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) set a new career-high with three assists.

Sophomore defenseman John Houston (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored his first goal of the season to put the Beacons ahead early in the third period and added an assist for a career-high two point night. Defensive linemate Rob Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.) added two helpers, to increase his season total to 18.

Fourth-line forwards Jeremy Finger (Orlando, Fla.) and Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) rounded out the scoring with a goal apiece.

In net, Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) tied the program-record for wins in a single-season with 13, after making 22 saves on 26 shots. The freshman netminder made 19 saves over the final two periods, to tie Tom Corliss' 83-84 season total.

Ondrej Krajnak and Brendan Cottam each finished with a goal and an assist for Skidmore, who dropped their third straight game.

David Limoges put the Thoroughbreds ahead 1-0 just 19 seconds into the game, but the lead would be short-lived. 

MacIntyre answered the Skidmore score 13 seconds later, when he put the puck past Ben Freiberg, with Sitterley and DeAugustine picking up assists.

Freiberg made 36 saves on 41 shots for Skidmore, to fall to 6-4 on the season.

UMass Boston dominated the final 19 minutes of the period, but failed to score, despite a 16-3 shot advantage and the lone power-play opportunity of the stanza. 

Skidmore went up 2-1 less than three minutes into the third, when Cottam scored at 2:26 of the period.

Just over eight minutes later UMB found the equalizer, when Finger found the back of the net to tie the score at 2-2, with help from Houston and Florentino.

Sitterley gave the Beacons their first lead of the night at 12:34, when he took passes from MacIntyre and DeAugustine and banged it home.

The hosts wouldn't go down easy though, as Skidmore got on the board first for the third in period row, thanks to Vlad Gavrik. Gavrik took passes from Cottam and Brian McQuillan and sent it past Andrews to tie the scorer at 3-3 2:26 into the third. 

Peter Belisle's squad would have one final answer though, as Houston put the Beacons ahead 4-3 44 seconds later. Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) and Florentino recorded assists on the play. 

Sixty-one seconds later MacIntyre made it a two-goal game at 5-3, with help from DeAugustine. 

After a Skidmore goal halfway through the period made it 5-4, Kuhn scored his first goal of the season and second career goal with 33 seconds to play on an empty-netter.

The Beacons outshot Skidmore 42-26 in the contest. Both squads were shutout on the power-play, as UMB finished 0-for-2, while the Thoroughbreds went 0-for-4. 

UMass Boston will look to split the season-series with Castleton State Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m in Rutland, Vermont.