#10/12 Men's Hockey Bounces Back Behind Offensive Explosion

#10/12 Men's Hockey Bounces Back Behind Offensive Explosion

Story Courtesy of UMass Boston Intern Raymond Waldron 

BOSTON, Mass. –Colin Larkin's (Waterford, Mich.) historic tally, and a four-goal second period, propelled the 10/12 UMass Boston men's hockey team to a 10-1 victory over Castleton University Friday night at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.

THE BASICS

#10/12 UMass Boston 10, Castleton University 1

(UMass Boston 14-6, NEHC 9-4)

(New England College 6-11-3, NEHC 2-10-1)

HOW IT HAPPENED

A second-period goal surge sealed the win for UMass Boston in the blowout. With the game tied at 1-1 through the first 29 minutes, UMass Boston scored four goals to close out the second and five more in the third as part of a 9-0 run to end the game.

The Beacons came out to a fast, physical start, forechecking down low and setting the pace early on.

Castleton went down a man after Ryan O'Malley (Mt. Laurel, NJ) was sent off for interference at 6:58 in the first.

Early in the power play, Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) battled along the boards, pulling two Castleton penalty killers away from the play. Bross moved the puck off to Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.), who fired a pass to Larkin, who was waiting at the top of the right faceoff circle. Larkin blasted a one-time shot past Ryan Mulder at 7:18, putting the Beacons up 1-0.

Larkin's power-play goal tied the all-time UMass Boston PPG record set by Travis Daniel ('14). Daniel netted 20 goals during his tenure as a Beacon.

The Spartans power-play paid off after UMass Boston went down a man on an Evan Heldt (Sylanvia, Ohio) intereference call.

Jimmy Burns initial shot hit his own teammate, but he picked up the rebound off of Kurt Johnson's back and lifted a shot for a 1-1 tie.

The Beacons got off to a flying start in the second, generating lots of chances during the first three minutes of play.

The Beacons' offensive surge started when Johnson was sent off after an elbow at center ice at 8:45 in the period.

On the powerplay, Bross collected the puck down low in the slot and chipped a pass deep to Garrison Sanipass (Northbrook, Ill.), who tossed a backhand in for the second UMass Boston power-play goal of the night.

Two minutes later, Dominic Blad (Springfield, MA) curled the puck behind the net, and threw a one-time pass through the crease to Larkin's tape, who buried his second of the night at 12:04.

Just nine seconds later on the ensuing faceoff, Garret Gallagher (Aston, Pa.) stormed into the zone, and delivered a one-time pass to Sanipass for his second goal of the game.

Wyatt Pickrell (Newmarket, Ontario) relieved Ryan Mulder of his netminding duties for Castleton after going down 4-1.

After a strong penalty kill, with two odd-man rushes for the Beacons, John Regnart (Anchorage, Alaska) intercepted a Castleton pass from the left corner, and ripped it home from the right faceoff circle to make it 5-1.

UMass Boston dominated the second period in shots (22-6).

The third period picked up where the second left off, with the Beacons on full-attack mode.

Cody Wickline (Flower Mound, Texas) kicked the scoring off in the third period at 2:46, collecting a pass from Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash), charging up the right wing and backhanding it past Pickrell for a short-handed tally.

Just 16 seconds later at 3:02, Wickline scored an almost identical goal, zipping up the right wing, splitting the Castleton D, and putting it past the Spartans' netminder to make it 7-1.

UMass Boston did a great job of hemming Castleton down in their own end, making it impossible for them to generate any chances for long stretches in the third.

The pressure paid off two minutes later at 5:27, when Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) collected a missed shot from Regnart along the boards, and unloaded a slapshot to send the Beacons up 8-1.

Blad and David MacGregor (Azusa, CA) each picked up goals within the final 5 minutes, propelling UMass to a 10-1 victory.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston topped Castleton 48-22 in shots and in faceoffs (41-35).
  • 15 different Beacons skaters registered multiple shots on goal.
  • Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made 21 saves on 22 shots in the win. He stopped the final 18 shots he faced in the contest. 
  • The Beacons recorded 10 goals for the first time since December 11, 2015, when they earned a 10-1 win over Wentworth.
  • Larkin's two goals extended his conference points streak to 10 games. He has recorded eight goals and eight assists during that span.
  • Castleton played all three of their goaltenders in the loss. Mulder got the start and made 20 saves on 24 shots. Pickrell added 17 saves on 23 shots, while Brody Wagner made one save on two shots in the final 2:05. 
  • Regnart's tally was his first collegiate goal. He was also playing in his first collegiate game as a forward, after missing four-straight games due to an injury.
  • UMass Boston has now won 9 straight over Castleton, dating back to February 2014. The Beacons have outscored the Spartans 50-10 during that span.
  • Bross led the Beacons by tying his career-high with three assists. Heldt recorded a career-high two assists/points in the win.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will host league-leaders #12/13 Norwich University on Saturday at 4 p.m.