New England College Downs Men's Hockey In NEHC Opener

New England College Downs Men's Hockey In NEHC Opener

HENNIKER, N.H.—New England College scored two goals in the second and third periods to earn a comeback 6-3 win over UMass Boston men's hockey on Friday night at Lee Clement Arena.

THE BASICS

New England College 6, UMass Boston 3

(UMass Boston 1-2, 0-1 New England Hockey Conference)

(New England College 3-2, 2-1 New England Hockey Conference)

HOW IT HAPPENED

After the Beacons jumped out to three-separate one goal leads in the first period, the Pilgrims scored the final four goals of the contest, to earn a 6-3 victory.

Seniors Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) and Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.) each recorded a goal and an assist in the loss. Sophomore Jeffrey Skinner (Houston, Texas) tacked on the Beacons' third goal.

Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.), Ethan Nitkin (Miami Beach, Fla.) and Chris Peters (Fairport, N.Y.) all added an assist in the contest.

In net, senior goalie Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made 20 saves in the loss.

Carlos Fornaris and Nikita Pintusov led the hosts with three points each. Fornaris recorded a goal and two assists, while Pintusov posted two goals and an assist.

Connor Inger, Daniel Berquist and Nicholas Rein each chipped in with two assists.

Senior Anthony Pupplo made 24 saves on 27 shots to earn the victory.

UMass Boston opened the scoring on their first shot of the game. After giving up the first four shots of the contest, Redler scored off a pass from Nachbaur to make it 1-0 at 4:02 of the first period.

New England College tied the game at 1-1 at 13:09, only for the Beacons to go right back on top. Nachbaur gave the Beacons the lead 47 seconds later, when he scored off feeds from Redler and Bross.

Fornaris tied the game at 2-2 at 15:07, only for Skinner to give UMass Boston their final lead right before the intermission. The sophomore forward scored off passes from Nitkin and Peters at 17:49.

New England College tied the game with a shorthanded goal midway through the second period. Trevor Mormot scored shorthanded off a pass from Connor Inger to tie the game at 3-3 at 13:24 of the second.

The Pilgrims took the lead just over two minutes later, when Jhuwon Davis scored a power-play goal at 15:44.

Pintusov added a crucial insurance goal 4:07 into the third period, to give the hosts a 5-3 advantage.

The Beacons had several chances to cut into the deficit, but the Pilgrims killed off a 5-on-3 and 5-on-4 power-play and Skinner had a shot hit the post with under 90 seconds remaining.

New England College tacked on their final goal with a second to play, as Pintusov scored off a pass from Josh Chamberlain.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • The Beacons held a 51-38 edge in shots attempted and a 27-26 edge in shots on goal.
  • Redler moved into 14th-place in program history for career points (107) with his two-point night. He needs nine more points to move into a tie for ninth in program history.
  • New England College finished 3-8 on the power-play, while the Beacons went 0-4. The Pilgrims also earned a 44-29 edge in face-offs.
  • The Beacons are now 19-33-2 all-time against the Pilgrims.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will look to earn a conference weekend split on Saturday, when the Beacons take on the University of Southern Maine at 4 p.m.