By Matt Noonan
BOSTON, Mass. – Jeremy Finger and Peter MacIntyre each registered a third period goal to lift No. 15 UMass Boston over No. 5 Norwich University, 4-2, on Friday evening at the Clark Athletic Center.
The Beacons, who extended their current unbeaten streak to 12 games, a program-best, improved to 11-1-2 overall, while the Cadets dipped to 10-2-2. The victory was also UMass Boston’s fourth in the ECAC East Conference.
Finger pushed the hosts ahead, 3-2, at 6:28 in the third after forcing a turnover in the Cadets zone before MacIntyre secured the win by firing home a pass from Travis Daniel, who glided the puck to his teammate from behind the Norwich cage.
UMass Boston netted its first goal at 19:48 in the opening period when Mike Kuhn wristed a pass from Dan Cornell off a face-off in the Cadets zone, which provided the hosts with a 1-0 advantage at the break.
The Beacons doubled their lead with a goal from Finger in the second period, which was assisted by Nathan Milam and Frankie DeAugustine before Norwich responded with two tallies, one from Gerard McEleney at 8:18 and Travis Janke at 19:56.
Billy Faust, UMass Boston’s netminder, earned his first collegiate win between the pipes as the University of Vermont transfer deflected 34 of 36 shots.
Norwich finished the contest with 36 shots on net, while UMass Boston recorded 28, 13 in the final frame. The Beacons were 1 of 2 on the power play, while the Cadets finished 0 for 2.
UMass Boston returns to the ice tomorrow when they host St. Michael’s for a 4 p.m. face-off. A win would provide the Beacons with two more points, along with their fifth conference win of the season.