BOSTON, Mass.—#4/5 UMass Boston raced out to a three-goal lead and held on for a 4-2 win over intra-state rival UMass Dartmouth in their final game before break.
#4/5 UMass Boston 4, UMass Dartmouth 2
(UMass Boston 11-2)
(UMass Dartmouth 5-7)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Junior Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.) led the Beacons with two goals and his line had a hand in all four markers.
Senior Garrison Sanipass (Northbrook, Ill.) added two assists, while freshman Ethan Nitkin (Miami Beach, Fla.) scored the Beacons final goal and added on an assist. The trio suited up as the Beacons' top line for the first time this season.
Freshman Chris Peters (Rochester, N.Y.) was credited with the game-winning goal, after he scored a phenomenal power-play goal midway through the second to make it 3-0 in favor of the Beacons.
Junior Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made 31 saves on 33 shots to improve to 10-1 on the season.
Steven Leonard and Jonathan Ruiz each scored for the visitors, who saw their season-high, three-game winning streak come to an end.
Corsairs sophomore Parker Butler fell to 0-2 this season against UMass Boston. He made 31 saves on 35 shots to fall to 1-4 overall.
Nachbaur provided all the offense for the Beacons in the first period.
The junior scored a power-play goal at 7:24 off some terrific tic-tac-toe passing. John Regnart (Anchorage, Alaska) found Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) wide-open along the near post and Redler's feed across the goal mouth skipped over to Nachbaur, who bided his time before slipping the puck past Butler.
Nachbaur made it 2-0 when he scored a 4-on-4 goal at 13:15. He made a nice move at the blue line to clear space, but lost the puck as he was trying to open up towards the net. Nitkin corralled the puck and found Bryan Carter (Hudson, Mass.) at the far circle, before Carter set up Nachbaur for a one-timer at the low slot.
UMass Dartmouth gained momentum late in the period and ended up outshooting UMass Boston, after Nitkin was whistled for a major penalty with 3:30 to go in the first.
The Beacons pushed their lead to 3-0 on a beautiful goal from Peters. His initial backhand chance was denied by Butler, but he swung his stick like a baseball bat and redirected the rebound in just over Butler's shoulder. Redler and Sanipass each earned assists on the play.
The Corsairs cut the deficit to 3-1 at 16:51. With the Beacons down a man, Sean Leonard found Eric Bolden below the goal line and Bolden whipped a pass to St. Leonard wide open in front for a one-timer goal.
UMass Dartmouth made the game interesting when Ruiz scored at 13:23 of the third. Ruiz sent an awkward-angled shot just in front of the goal line that snuck just inside the near post for a 3-2 game.
The Beacons put the game to rest with 1:21 to play. Sanipass and Nitkin skated in on a 2-on-1 and after Sanipass' initial shot was stopped, Nitkin pounced on the rebound and roofed it home for a 4-2 final.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Corsairs 35-33 thanks to a 14-5 third period. The Beacons also held a slim 38-34 advantage in face-offs.
- The two teams were meeting for the second time in two weeks, after UMass Boston defeated UMass Dartmouth 3-1 at Southern New Hampshire on November 25. The Beacons improved to 20-10 all-time against the Corsairs and 12-1 in the last 13 meetings.
- UMass Boston finished 2-11 on the power-play, while UMass Dartmouth ended the day 1-5.
- With the win, UMass Boston is 7-0 this season at home. The Beacons have scored at least four goals in every game, won by at least two goals in every game and have outscored their opponents 34-13.
- The Beacons top line combined for three goals and three assists in the win. Nachbaur recorded three goals this weekend, while Nitkin has five goals in his last four games. Sanipass is riding a four-game point streak (2 G, 5 A).
#4/5 UMass Boston will be off until 2019, when they host the 54thAnnual Codfish Bowl Tournament. The Beacons will host Tufts University on Friday January 4 at 4 p.m., with Bryn Athyn College and SUNY Cortland meeting in the second semifinal at 7 p.m.