Mass. College Hockey: Friday Night Roundup (Scores/Highlights)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Despite the cold temperatures and snowy conditions, Friday was a busy afternoon and evening in the Division III college hockey world. Below is a roundup of the local contests, including scores from around New England.

Men’s Ice Hockey Results:

No. 1 Norwich 6, No. 11 Babson 1 – Entering the third period with a one-goal lead, the Cadets ballooned their advantage with four tallies to secure a season-sweep of the Beavers. Tim Searles netted the Beavers’ lone goal at 7:52 in the second period. Jamie Murray – Babson’s netminder – turned away 29 of 34 shots.

No. 6 UMass Boston 6, St. Michael’s 5 (OT): Mike Miller potted the game-winning goal at 3:42 in overtime to lift the Beacons to their 20th win of the season – 15th in ECAC East play. Matt Lemire netted a pair of goals, while Dan Cornell, Tyler Bishop and Stephen Buco recorded two assists, respectively.

Middlebury 2, Williams 0: Evan Neugold and Ronald Fishman each lit the lamp for the Panthers as Middlebury skated past Williams in Vermont. The Ephs recorded 22 shots, including 10 during the final stanza, and goalie Sean Dougherty deflected 34 of 36 shots.

Men’s Ice Hockey Local Scores/New England Scores:

No. 5 Trinity (Conn.) 5, Bowdoin 4

No. 12 Amherst 4, Conn. College 0

Tufts 3, Hamilton 3 (OT)

Wesleyan 2, Colby 1 (OT)

Saint Anselm 2, Southern Maine 1

Castleton State 4, Skidmore 1

New England Coll. 1, University of New England 0

Women’s Ice Hockey Roundup:

No. 3 Middlebury 2, Williams 1: Maddie Winslow’s power play goal at 9:12 in the second period proved to be the difference as the Panthers defeated the Ephs in Williamstown. Eliza Noyes netted Williams’ lone goal at 7:31 in the second period.

Holy Cross 5, UMass Boston 0: Francesca Panarelli recorded one goal and two assists, Erin Hall registered one goal and one assist as the Crusaders defeated the Beacons in Boston.

Women’s Ice Hockey Local Scores/New England Scores:

Castleton State 3, University of New England 2

Bowdoin 1, Hamilton 1 (OT)

Colby 2, Wesleyan 1 (OT)

Salve Regina 4, Nichols 0

Saint Anselm 3, St. Michael’s 0

Manhattanville 1, New England College 0

* Franklin Pierce 5, Plymouth State 1

Mass. College Hockey: Late Goal Lifts UMass Boston Over Babson, 4-3

By NoontimeSports.com 

An overtime goal by freshman Colin Larkin – his first collegiate goal – lifted No. 10 UMass Boston over No. 8 Babson College 4-3, on Saturday afternoon in ECAC East conference action.

Courtesy of the UMass Boston Athletics Sports Information Department, here’s this afternoon’s release:

BOSTON, Mass.—Freshman Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) scored his first collegiate game-winning goal 1:47 into overtime to lift #10 UMass Boston Men’s Hockey (15-3-1, 10-2-0) past #7/8 Babson College 4-3 Saturday afternoon at the Beacons Ice Arena.

Larkin scored the game-tying goal 7:05 into the third period and slipped a rebound past Babson All-American goalie Jamie Murray less than two minutes into overtime, to help the Beacons’ snap a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) against the Beavers.  The freshman forward finished the weekend with three goals and now has eight goals and 10 assists.

Senior forward Stephen Buco (North Providence, R.I.) finished with a goal and an assist and sophomore defenseman Brett Mason (Rowley, Mass.) recorded his second goal of the year, to help the Beacons jump Babson and move into second-place in the ECAC East Conference.

Junior goalie Billy Faust (Alta Loma, Calif.) went toe-to-toe with Murray all weekend long, as the junior stopped a season-high 41 shots in the victory. For the weekend, Faust went 1-0 by making 60 saves on 64 shots to improve to 6-0-1 on the season.

Bill Seligman led the Beavers with a goal and assist to cap off a 4-point weekend for the sophomore (three goals and one assist). Jimmy Magrath and Michael Phillips also scored for the Beavers who dropped their third contest in seven games, after starting the season 11-0-1.

Murray took the loss after allowing four or more goals for just the second time this season. The junior netminder stopped 34 of 48 shots to fall to 14-3-2 on the year.

Babson outshot the Beacons 44-38, after earning a 23-6 shot advantage in the first stanza.

A night after controlling the play in two of the three periods before ultimately falling short, UMass Boston overcame a sluggish first period to knock off the Beacons for the first time since 2013.

The Beavers jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:06 into the contest when Seligman slipped a shot through Faust’s five-hole. Jared Wiedemann forced a turnover at the Beacons’ blue line and dumped a shot off the boards behind Faust, only to have the puck slip out past Faust, to an on-rushing Seligman who scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season.

After giving up the early goal, UMass Boston upped the intensity, as the Beacons started increasing the physicality with each shift.

Faust kept the game at 1-0 just under five minutes in, when he robbed Billy Hall from just outside the crease. The junior weathered the storm in the first period, as he made 22 of his 41 stops in the opening 20 minutes.

UMass Boston evened the game at 1-1 at 1:34 of the second period. Sixteen seconds after Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) forced a Babson penalty, Buco ripped a shot from the blue line through traffic that found the twine. Sophomore defenseman Tyler Bishop (Ramsey, N.J.) picked up the first of his two assists on the play.

Mason gave the Beacons their first lead of the weekend at 4:07, when the sophomore’s hard shot from the point deflected off a defender and past Murray for a 2-1 advantage. Buco and Bishop were credited with assists.

The Beacons would carry their momentum throughout most of the period, before Babson equalized with just 3:04 to play in the second. Tim Searles and Jimmy Magrath came in on a 2-on-1 and Magrath sent a slap shot past Faust off of a perfect stretch pass from Searles. Jake Donahue also picked up an assist on the goal.

UMass Boston added to the Babson momentum when they were whistled for a pair of minor penalties bookending the intermission. The second of the two penalties led to a 5-on-3 Babson power-play for just 11 seconds. Phillips made sure the Beacons would pay for their mistakes, as he rifled home a shot just under the bar with two seconds to go on the 5-on-3 and 19 minutes remaining in regulation.

Babson handed the Beacons a power-play chance of their own at 4:53 of the period. UMass Boston nearly capitalized mid-way through the man-advantage, but Bishop’s shot caromed off the post. The Beacons finally came through 12 seconds after the power-play ended, off some tremendous play in front of the net.

Senior Dan Cornell (Abington, Mass.) sent a shot towards net that Larkin tipped on goal and it fell off the back of Murray and just shy of the goal line. Three Beacons swarmed around the puck before Larkin snuck the puck inside the near post. Junior Mike Miller (Wrentham, Mass.) recorded his first of two assists on the play.

Faust continued to stand on his head, as the junior rushed out of net and made a huge save to deny a wide-open Tim Searles’s with 6:55 to play.

Senior captain Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) came within inches of giving the Beacons a late lead with a minute to play, but his shot dinged off the inside of the post, to the dismay of a rowdy Beacons Ice Arena.

For the period, UMass Boston outshot Babson 17-9.

The Beacons would carry the momentum of their late chances in the third into the extra session, as the Beacons’ top line of MacIntyre, Buco and Miller created three great chances on the second shift of the extra session.

After pinning the Beavers in their own end for over 30 seconds, Miller sent a hard shot from down low that Larkin tipped into Murray. With Murray struggling to find the puck, Larkin was able to tuck it past the goalie into the far side of the netting. Junior Jeremy Finger (Orlando, Fla.) also registered an assist on the play.

The Beacons will look to carry their momentum into next weekend, when the Beacons travel to Skidmore College Friday at 7 p.m. and Castleton State College Saturday at 4 p.m.

Mass. College Hockey: UMass Boston Downs UNE In ECAC East Quarterfinals

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the UMass Boston sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the Beacons’ ECAC East quarterfinals contest this afternoon against University of New England:

BOSTON, Mass.–#14/16 UMass Boston men’s hockey scored two goals in the opening 2:33 to help head coach Peter Belisle earn his 100thcareer victory Saturday afternoon with a 7-2 victory over sixth-seeded University of New England (UNE) in the ECAC East Quarterfinals.

Belisle, the all-time winningest head coach in program history, moved to 100-95-16 with the victory and 5-7 all-time in ECAC East Tournament games.  With the win, third-seed UMass Boston moves to 17-5-4 and advances to next Saturday’s ECAC East Semifinals, with the matchup still to be determined.

The University of New England wraps up their season with the best record in program history at 10-15-1.

All four lines scored in the win for the Beacons led by two goals from junior forward Nathan Milam (Westland, Mich.). Senior Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) added a goal and an assist to move into sole possession of fifth-place in program-history with 125 career points. Daniel also tied Joe Bulens (’85) for second-place all-time in career games played, as he suited up for the 103rd time in his career.

Sophomore Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) added to his team-leading goals and points total with a goal and two assists, while junior Stephen Buco (North Providence, R.I.) picked up two assists, to notch his fourth-straight multi-point contest.

In all six Beacons found the back of the net and nine players recorded points for UMass Boston, which advances to the ECAC East Semifinals in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 08-09 campaign.

Sophomore netminder Billy Faust (Alta Loma, Calif.) stopped 35 of 37 shots to help the Beacons move to 14-0-1 all-time against the Nor’Easters.

Jared Melman scored his team-leading 16th tally for the visitors, while Zeth Zielinski added the second tally for UNE. Junior goalie Colby Drost stopped 26 of 33 shots through the first 45 minutes, before being replaced by Craig Ryan who stopped all six shots he saw.

Junior defenseman Dan Cornell (Abington, Mass.) put the Beacons on the board just 37 seconds into the contest, when he rifled home a shot from the blue line, as the fans were still just barely filing into their seats.

The Beacons pushed the lead to 2-0 less than two minutes later, when Milam struck for the Beacons’ first power-play goal of the night, just five seconds into the man-advantage. Milam won the faceoff to his right where MacIntyre picked up the puck and sent it to Buco at the blue line, Buco sent a laser towards net that Drost knocked down, but Milam corralled the rebound and sent a back-hand shot just inside the near post.

UMass Boston tacked on a third goal at 7:50 of the period, when MacIntyre struck off a feed from Grinhaus. MacIntyre forced a UNE turnover at the blue line and sent a pass to Grinhaus, who gave it right back to MacIntyre. The First Team All-Conference selection proceeded to skate in on net and carry out a series of moves, before roofing home a shot short-side.

The Nor’Easters responded 10 minutes later when Melman redirected Patrick Borer’s slap-shot past Faust. With Cody Dixon (Hales Corners, Wisc.) in the box for the Beacons, Tom Gildersleeve sent a pass to the point for Borer, who rocketed a shot towards net and Melman tipped it high over Faust’s shoulder, to make it a 3-1 game heading into the first intermission.

Daniel gave the Beacons back a three-goal lead 12:53 into the second period after a series of nifty tic-tac toe passes. MacIntyre and Buco went back-and-forth before finding Daniel out in front, and the senior captain spun around and sent a hard shot over Drost’s pads for a 4-1 lead.

The Beacons added to their lead late in the period on an Albee Daley (Averill Park, N.Y.) short-handed tally. The freshman tipped a UNE pass out of the zone and Connor McStravick (Philadelphia, Pa.) tracked it down, just ahead of a Nor’Easter defender. With Daley racing towards net, McStravick sent it ahead, and Daley buried a shot over Drost’s shoulder to give UMass Boston a 5-1 edge at the 2:19 mark.

Zielinski cut the deficit back to three just 49 seconds into the third, when he knocked a rebound past Faust, just seconds after a UMass Boston penalty expired.

The momentum wouldn’t last long for the Nor’Easters, as Milam answered back with his second power-play tally of the night a minute and two seconds later. Milam once again found himself in the right spot, as Daniel’s initial shot was stopped, but Milam found the rebound in the crease and poked it home for his career-best 12th marker.

Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) capped off the scoring at the 4:50 mark with an unassisted tally. The sophomore forward intercepted a Nor’Easters pass and sent his initial offering off the crossbar, before picking up his own rebound and pinging a shot off of Drost and in.

Mass. College Hockey: No. 15 UMass Boston 4, No. 5 Norwich 2

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.

Mass. College Hockey: UMass Boston Claims Second Straight Manchester P.A.L./Stovepipe Classic Championship

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the UMass Boston sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the men’s ice hockey team, which captured its second straight Manchester P.A.L./Stovepipe Classic Championship against University of New England:

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) recorded the second hat trick of his career and 10 Beacons recorded points to lead UMass Boston men’s hockey (4-1-2) to their second straight Manchester P.A.L./Stovepipe Classic Championship, with a 5-2 win over the University of New England (3-6-1) Sunday afternoon.

The Tournament Most Valuable Player scored two first-period goals to give UMass Boston an early lead and added a goal early in the third period to help the Beacons earn their fifth title in the Stovepipe Classic in the past six years and second straight title win over the Nor’Easters.

Defensemen Cody Dixon (Hales Corner, Wisc.) and Andrew Crawford (Medford, Mass.) joined MacIntyre on the All-Tournament Team.

In a matchup of last year’s tournament final, the Beacons knocked off their ECAC East Conference foe for the second straight season and moved to 11-0-1 against the University of New England all-time. The two teams played four times last season, with UMB finishing 4-0-0, including a 5-2 win in the ECAC East Quarterfinals.

This year’s contest was never in doubt, as UMass Boston raced out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back in extending their winning streak to five in a row.

MacIntyre kicked off the scoring four minutes into the contest, when he took passes from Nathan Milam (Westland, Mich.) and Crawford and roofed it home for an early 1-0 lead.

The Beacons’ leading scorer added his second goal of the game and team-leading seventh-tally of the year on the power-play at 15:56 of the first period. MacIntyre received passes from Kit Sitterley (Mooresville, N.C.) and Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) and wristed a shot past Nor’Easters goalie Craig Ryan.

Dixon scored what would turn out to be the game-winning goal at 2:42 of the second stanza, when he beat Ryan, after taking passes from Sitterley and Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.). The game-winning goal was the first of Dixon’s career and his second goal in seven career contests.

The University of New England got on the scoreboard less than four minutes later, when Cassidy April cut the Beacons’ lead to 3-1 at 6:02 of the period.

UMass Boston pushed the lead back to three at 3:53 of the third, when Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season, off of passes from Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Dan Cornell (Abington, Mass.). After coming into the tournament scoreless in five contests, Kuhn finished the tournament with three points (one goal and two assists).

MacIntyre capped off the Beacons’ five-goal scoring outburst at 6:34, when he beat Ryan to finish off the second hat trick of his career. Sitterley and Daniel each were credited with assists on the play.

Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) moved to 4-1-2 with the win by making 31 saves on 33 shots. Andrews stopped 31 shots in both games of the tournament and allowed just three goals on 65 total shots.

Ryan fell to 0-1-0 after making 30 saves on 35 shots.

UMass Boston and the University of New England won’t have to wait too long for a rematch, as the two teams will meet for the second time in six days, with a Friday night matchup in Biddeford, Maine.