GORHAM, Maine—Despite goals from all three members of their first line, UMass Boston men's hockey suffered a 4-3 setback to host University of Southern Maine Friday night at the USM Ice Arena.
University of Southern Maine 4, UMass Boston 3
(UMass Boston 10-7-3, NEHC 5-6-2)
(Southern Maine 7-10-2, NEHC 4-8-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Freshman Jordan Hall scored a power-play goal with 7:06 to play in regulation to help the Huskies' snap their five-game winless streak (0-3-2) and give them a sweep of the teams' two-game, regular-season series.
Hall took a rink-wide pass from freshman Brendan Murphy and one-timed his shot from the right-wing circle past UMass Boston rookie goalie Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) for his third goal since joining the Huskies at mid-year. Rookie Sasha Makarov (Indian Trail, N.C.) also earned an assist on the play.
Southern Maine junior goaltender Kyle Shapiro (Ocean, N.J.) protected the lead for the final seven minutes to earn his sixth win of the season. Shapiro, who is five saves shy of breaking the USM career record of 1774 saves set by Chris Buck (1986-90), finished the game with 30 saves.
In a fast-paced first period, the Huskies took the lead three times for a 3-2 advantage after 20 minutes. Rookie Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.) potted the rebound of his own shot at 7:30 to put USM up 1-0. The lead lasted less than two minutes as the Beacons took advantage of their first power play. Freshman Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) tallied the goal from the right side.
The Huskies regained the lead 24 seconds later with senior Cole Klippenstein (Franklin, Tenn.) finishing off a beautiful passing play from Makarov and rookie Brock Padgham (Chilliwack, B.C.). The Beacons again responded on the power play, this time taking advantage of a 5-on-3 situation. Freshman Ryan Cusin (Detroit, Mich.) fired home a laser from the left-wing circle at 11:51 for his 13th goal, set up by senior Albee Daley (Averill Park, N.Y.) and Redler.
Former Beacon Ty Zampitella (Ipswich, Mass.) gave the Huskies their third one-goal lead of the period at 15:55, when his shot from the blue line found its way through a maze of players in front of MacBurnie. The goal was the first of Zampitella's collegiate career.
The Beacons had the only marker in the second period as junior Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) was set up at the left post for his 17th goal of the season. Cusin picked up the lone assist on the play.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston finished the game with a 33-28 advantage in shots on goal.
- Daley played in his 100th collegiate game in the contest. He joins Tyler Bishop (Ramsey, N.J.) as the only active Beacons to have played in 100 or more games.
- The Beacons finished 2-for-4 on the power play, while Southern Maine went 1-for-2 with the extra skater.
- Daley, Redler and Cusin all finished with two points in the loss.
- Southern Maine improves to 18-15-1 all-time against the Beacons with the win.
UMass Boston will travel to Daniel Webster College on Saturday at 3:05 p.m.
Parts of this release courtesy of University of Southern Maine Sports Information Department.