HOOSKETT, N.H.—Behind a career-high 54 saves from junior netminder Kurt Gutting, host Southern New Hampshire University stunned #7/7 UMass Boston men's hockey 2-1 in the opening game of the 2018 Manchester Police Athletic League Stovepipe Hockey Tournament.
Southern New Hampshire 2, #7/7 UMass Boston 1
(UMass Boston 7-1)
(Southern N.H. 5-3-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Penmen scored two goals in a 3:11 span of the second period and then held on for dear life behind a spectacular showing from Gutting.
The junior stopped the first 43 shots he faced in the contest, including 12 in the first period and 20 in the second. He saved his best for last, as he made 23 saves in the third, including 11 in the final 7:25.
UMass Boston junior Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) recorded the lone goal on the day for the Beacons.
In net, senior Anthony D'Urso (Rome, N.Y.) made 19 saves on 21 shots in his first action of his senior campaign.
Chris Moquin and Charlie Davis each scored for the Penmen, who are coached by longtime UMass Boston assistant coach Sean Walsh.
UMass Boston controlled the first period, outshooting the Penmen 12-6, but went into the break tied 0-0.
The second period would be more of the same for the opening 10 minutes, before Southern New Hampshire struck for two goals in quick succession.
Moquin scored at 11:33 off a pass from Joe Fiorino in the attacking zone.
The Penmen doubled their advantage at 14:44, with Davis corralling a rebound and slapping a shot over D'Urso's should for a 2-0 lead.
UMass Boston doubled up the Penmen in shots for a second-straight period (20-10), but again had nothing to show for it.
Redler finally put the Beacons on the scoreboard at 12:35 of the third. He took a feed from sophomore Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) and ripped a shot past the red-hot Gutting to make it 2-1.
The Beacons would continue to pummel Gutting with shots, but the junior made 11 saves over the final 7:25, including three "spectacular" stops.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the hosts 55-21 and held a 43-32 edge in face-offs.
- Both teams went 0-2 on the power-play.
- The Beacons were making the first trip to the P.A.L. Tournament since the 2013-14 tournament. UMass Boston won the title in 2013 and had won in five of their previous six appearances.
- The last time the Beacons started unbeaten in at least seven games, 6-0-1 in 2015-16, the Beacons lost their first game of the season the weekend of Thanksgiving. UMass Boston fell 5-0 to Bowdoin College in the Bowdoin/Colby Tournament that year.
- With the loss, UMass Boston falls to 12-9 all-time against the Penmen.
- Walsh spent seven season as a Beacons assistant coach, before taking the SNHU head coaching position before last season.
- Saturday's contest marked the first time the Beacons were held to fewer than four goals all season. UMass Boston's 55 shots were a season-high.
#7/7 UMass Boston will play intra-state rival UMass Dartmouth at 1:40 p.m. in the P.A.L. Tournament Consolation Game. The two UMass schools will meet again in Boston on December 8 (4:00 p.m.)