BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston erased a pair of two-goal deficits, to earn a comeback 4-4 overtime tie against Suffolk University at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
UMass Boston 4, Suffolk University 4 (OT)
(UMass Boston 4-4-1, New England Hockey Conference 2-2-1)
(Suffolk University 3-6-1, New England Hockey Conference 0-4-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Senior captain Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) scored his second goal of the game with 2:04 left in regulation, to complete the Beacons comeback efforts.
The Beacons trailed 2-0 after the first, when Suffolk scored two power-play goals in the final minute of the period. UMass Boston stormed back to tie the game 2-2 late in the second, only to see the Rams score two more goals in the final 3:03 of the second stanza.
Redler paced the Beacons with a pair of goals on the night, while sophomore Jeffrey Skinner (Houston, Texas) added a goal and assist.
In net, sophomore Nolan Egbert (North Massapequa, N.Y.) made 27 saves on 31 shots to earn his first collegiate tie.
Suffolk was led by Nick Lachaine and Devin Lowe who each recorded a goal and an assist. Brian Brooks tacked on two assists for the visitors.
Freshman Cal Wilcox made a career-high 49 saves on 53 shots to help the Rams earn their first conference point of the year.
Suffolk had the slight edge in a fast-paced first period, but neither side was able to score through the first 19 minutes.
UMass Boston took back-to-back penalties in a 55-second span and the Rams made the Beacons pay. Lowe poked home a loose puck at the back post for a 5-on-3 goal at 19:27 and then set up Lachaine for a one-timer goal in the slot at 19:46 for another power-play tally.
The Beacons came out of the intermission firing and were the clear better team over the final 40 minutes.
After a slew of good chances were stopped by Wilcox or went just wide, the Beacons scored back-to-back goals in a 2:39 span.
Skinner fed Riley on a 2-on-1 chance and Riley ripped a shot short-side that beat Wilcox at 13:33.
The Beacons tied the game for the first time at 16:12. With the Beacons on the power-play, Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.) sent a cross-ice pass to Redler, who went back-and-forth with Albano, before setting up a one-timer goal for the Beacons captain.
Suffolk immediately answered. The Rams scored 45 seconds later, when Brooks saucered a pass across for Joseph Moritallaro on a 2-on-1 and Mortillaro roofed a shot over a diving Egbert.
The Rams pushed their lead back to two at 19:18, when Henry Bishop sent a shot from the near circle through traffic and just inside the post for his first collegiate goal.
Suffolk nearly put the game away early in the third period. Shawn Montgomery skated in on a mini breakway and rifled a shot past Egbert that clanged off the post and out. Less than 15 seconds later, Skinner came in on a 2-on-1 with Chris Peters (Fairport, N.Y.) and beat Wilcox blocker side at 5:08.
UMass Boston finally tied the game at 17:56. Albano sent a soft shot off of Wilcox's right leg and the rebound bounced perfectly to Redler who tapped it home for his ninth goal of the season.
Both teams had great chances to score in overtime. Egbert denied Lachaine off a centering feed from behind the goal midway through the session.
In the final 15 seconds, the Beacons drew up a play for Billy Grant (Mansfield, Mass.) and the freshman sent a laser past Wilcox that hit the crossbar.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Rams 53-31, including 39-12 over the final two periods. Suffolk held a slight 39-36 edge in face-offs.
- Redler moved into a tie for 10th-place in program history with two points (116). He also sits eighth in program history with his 58 career goals.
- Friday night's contest marks the first-ever tie between the Boston rivals. UMass Boston is 16-2-1 all-time against the Rams and unbeaten in their last four meetings (3-0-1).
- UMass Boston raised $1,488 dollars on the night for Hope Happens Here-which is an organization focused on destigmatizing mental illness amongst student-athletes.
- The Beacons finished 1-3 on the power-play, while Suffolk ended the night 3-5.
- Tonight's contest marked the Beacons' first home game since November 2. The Beacons are now 1-1-1 at home this year.
UMass Boston will host Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) on Saturday at 4 p.m. for their final home game and conference game in 2019.