BOSTON, Mass.—Fourth-seeded Hobart College used a dominant 60-minute performance, to advance past #1 UMass Boston into the New England Hockey Conference Championship Game.
#4 (9/11) Hobart College 4, #1 (7/9) UMass Boston 0
(UMass Boston 19-7-1)
(Hobart College 19-6-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Statesmen scored a goal in all three periods to extend their streak to 12-straight conference tournament wins and give themselves a chance at their fifth-straight conference championship.
With the loss, top-seeded UMass Boston will need to earn one of the four at-large bids to the NCAA Division III Tournament Championship. The Beacons entered Saturday night sitting sixth in the PairWise Rankings-which determine which teams earn at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament.
Freshman Dan Sliney posted his first career two-goal game to lead the Statesmen's offensive effort. The fourth-line, right-winger scored the first goal in the first period and added the lone goal of the second.
Travis Schneider added his team-leading 14th goal of the year, while Julien Denicourt added an empty-netter with under a minute to play.
Freshman Liam Lascelle recorded 27 saves to earn his fourth shutout of the season.
UMass Boston junior netminder Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made 28 saves on 31 shots in the loss.
The Beacons had the first best chance of the game just 2:03 into the contest. Freshman Evan Rochowiak (Livonia, Mich.) skated into the zone and took a hard shot from the slot that beat Lascelle, but the puck bounced back out off the far post.
UMass Boston managed to keep the Statesmen off the board on a power-play opportunity, but Hobart quickly lit the lamp twice in 43 seconds just after the power play expired.
Sliney scored the opener at 6:39 off a scrum at the near post. PA Martineau forced a tough save from MacBurnie, but the puck fell behind MacBurnie and Sliney raced from behind the net to tap the puck in.
The Statesmen made it 2-0 at 7:22. After a Beacons shot from the point was knocked down, Hobart broke on a 3-on-1 chance. Aaron Maguyon fed Schneider who roofed a backhand shot up and over MacBurnie, while drawing a penalty.
After being outplayed and outskated for most of the period, UMass Boston began to gain their footing late in the stanza. The Beacons drew a penalty with 3:20 left and created their best chance of the game. Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) took the puck at the top of the slot and faked a shot, before finding Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) wide-open at the back post. Redler's shot at a wide-open net deflected off something at the near post and bounced out to Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.), who sent a shot just wide with Lascelle still out of position.
After the two teams went into the first intermission tied in shots (8-8), Hobart picked up their control of the game in the second.
The Statesmen outshot the Beacons 13-8 in the period and scored an all-important insurance goal at 12:54.
Tanner Shaw collected a loose puck along the near boards and sent a centering feed to a charging Sliney who poked it past MacBurnie with his first touch.
UMass Boston created better chances in the third period, but couldn't manage to beat Lascelle who made 11 stops in the third.
The Statesmen capped the scoring at 19:04 of the third, when Denicourt sent a shot from center ice into the Beacons empty net.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Hobart earned a 32-27 edge in shots and 40-26 lead in face-offs.
- The Beacons finished 0-3 on the power-play, while Hobart ended the day 0-5.
- With the loss, UMass Boston falls to 6-3-2 all-time against the Statesmen and 1-1-1 this season. The Beacons had been 4-0 all-time in Boston against the Statesmen heading into the game.
- Senior Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) moved into second-place in program history with his 108th career game played.
- The Beacons season conference tournament has now came to an end in the semifinal round in five of the past seven seasons.
UMass Boston will wait to see if they earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Beacons fans can follow the PairWise Rankings, which updates after every completed game, on USCHO.com. The NCAA Field will be announced on Monday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. on NCAA.com.