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Mass. College Hockey: UMass Boston Tops Salem State At Frozen Fenway

UMass Boston's men's ice hockey team defeated Salem State at Frozen Fenway this afternoon, 4-2. (Photo Credit: UMass Boston)

UMass Boston’s men’s ice hockey team defeated Salem State at Frozen Fenway this afternoon, 4-2. (Photo Credit: UMass Boston)

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 defeated Salem State at Frozen Fenway this afternoon, 4-2:

FENWAY PARK, Mass.—Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) second tally of the evening proved to be just enough, as #15 UMass Boston men’s hockey (10-1-2) downed Salem State University (7-5) 4-2 Tuesday afternoon as part of the Citi Frozen Fenway event.

The Beacons and Vikings, both playing for the first time at Fenway Park, met for the first time since 2009, renewing their former ECAC East rivalry. With the win, UMass Boston earned their first victory over the Vikings since 1999 and moved to 11-32-1 all-time against Salem State.

MacIntyre led UMass Boston with two goals on the night to help the Beacons match their longest unbeaten streak in program-history at 11 games (9-0-2). The streak matches the 1981-82 team’s 11-0 stretch from December 5, 1981 to January 30, 1982.

Kit Sitterley (Mooresville, N.C.) recorded the Beacons’ second tally of the night, while Connor McStravick (Philadelphia, Pa.) put the game away with an empty-net goal with 8.7 seconds remaining.

Sophomore goalie Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) shined in net for UMass Boston all night long, making 34 saves on 36 shots. The Florida native was especially key in the first period where he stopped all 15 shots he faced, as the Beacons got off to an extremely slow start.

Senior Eric Defelice and Chris Mastropietro recorded Salem State’s two markers, with both goals coming in the second period. In net, Ryan Sutliffe posted 29 saves on 33 shots, before being pulled with 26 seconds in the contest.

Facing temperatures in the low teens with the wind chill well below zero, the Beacons and Vikings struggled to get anything going in the first stanza, as the two teams slowly adjusted to the ice snow and bouncing pucks.

Salem State created the better end of the chances throughout the first 15 minutes, with Andrews diving all over the crease to keep the Vikings off the board.

Sophomore Mike Miller (Wrentham, Mass.) began the shift in momentum for the Beacons when he rifled a shot past Sutliffe that rang off the post, before drawing the first penalty of the game against either team moments later.

While the Beacons failed to take advantage of the power-play, they carried the momentum into the second period.

MacIntyre lit the lamp at 2:44 of the second period when he finished with a nifty shot to the far post to beat Sutliffe on a 2-on-1 rush. The reigning ECAC East Rookie of the Year swiped the puck away from Gabriel Cromp who was winding up for a slap-shot from the point and went the other way with senior captain Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.). After showing pass the entire rush, MacIntyre sent a laser just pass Sutliffe’s blocker for a 1-0 Beacons advantage.

The lead wouldn’t last long though, as Defelice’s goal at 6:32 evened the game at 1. The senior forward sent a hard shot from just inside the Beacons’ blue line, that Andrews lost in Fenway’s red seats to make it 1-1.

UMass Boston would grab the lead back at 2-1 behind a terrific individual effort from Sitterley. The sophomore forward’s initial wrap-around attempt was denied by Sutliffe, but when the referees didn’t immediately give the goalie the whistle for a stoppage, Sitterley’s second stab at the puck slid just over the line for a goal at 10:41.

Mastropietro knotted the scoring at 15:58 on another goal that Andrews could do little about. Skating with their third power-play chance of the game, Mastropietro received passes from Brandon Platt and Cameron Banwell, before sending a low shot that skipped off a Beacons’ defenseman’s stick and over Andrews glove for a 2-2 tie.

That set up a dramatic third period with both teams’ legs beginning to lag. UMass Boston took advantage of the wind to begin the period as Daniel set up MacIntyre for a nifty goal. The Beacons’ senior captain took the puck from behind the net and sent a backhand pass that deflected off a defenseman’s stick, before MacIntyre could bat it home, just over Sutliffe’s shoulder.

Salem State would try everything they could to even the score, but UMass Boston’s defenseman stood strong, especially during a penalty-kill with under seven minutes to go.

McStravick put any Vikings’ comeback hope to an end with 8.7 seconds to go, when the scrappy fourth-liner sent a back-hand from just over his blue line into the net, while absorbing a huge hit.

UMass Boston will continue their thrilling start to 2014 when they host #5 Norwich University Friday night in ECAC East play.

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.