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 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: D3Hockey Midpoint Check-In

By Matt Noonan 

We’ve reached the halfway point of the Division 3 college hockey season.

So, let’s recap the past few weeks and get to know some of the current squads that lead their respective conferences.

ECAC East Men’s: The Cadets of Norwich continue to lead in the standings, according to points (13); however, Babson’s 9-2-0 overall mark is the best in the ECAC East. The Beavers commenced their current season with eight straight victories before falling to Williams, 3-2.

Nik Tasiopoulos, who is a senior forward for the Beavers, currently leads the Green and White with ten points. He’s registered six goals and four assists, while Michael Phillips ranks second with nine points (four goals, five assists).

Two spots below the Beavers sit UMass Boston, a squad that ended its first half on a five-game winning streak. The Beacons, who’re 7-1-2, managed to outscore their last two opponents, 12-4. Peter MacIntyre leads the Blue and White with 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists), while Travis Daniel ranks second in points with 15 (four goals, 11 assists).

ECAC East Women’s: Similar to the men’s conference, Norwich remains the top squad, but keep an eye on Nichols and UMass Boston.

The Bison entered their holiday break 2-6-0 overall and 2-4-0 in the conference. They ended the first half winning two of four contests, which included a 4-3 win over Manhattanville and a 3-0 victory against Plymouth State. Against Manhattanville, Grace Murphy sealed the win with a power play strike. Murphy currently leads the unit in points (6) and goals (4).

As for the Beacons, their first half concluded with back-to-back wins against Colby and Southern Maine. Jenny Currie, Samantha Fallon and Alyssa Sullivan each lit the lamp in UMass Boston’s 3-0 win over Southern Maine, their last contest before break.

ECAC Northeast Men’s: For the second straight year, Nichols remains one of the top squads in the conference. Second year coach Kevin Swallow, a former Maine Blackbear, has guided the Bison to a 7-1-2 overall mark. In the team’s last outing, the Bison topped Franklin Pierce, 9-1. Dylan Woodring picked up his first win between the pipes as he turned away 19 of 20 shots.

Salve Regina remains the top squad in the conference, while Johnson and Wales owns the best overall mark of 9-3-0.

MASCAC Men’s: Framingham State football’s team may have provided some motivation for their men’s ice hockey team, which currently resides atop the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 6-3-1 overall mark. They concluded the first half of their schedule with three straight victories. In their last outing, which was against Assumption, Melvin Nichols and Ryan McDonald each netted a goal, while Alessio Muggli picked up his first win in net.

Salem State and Westfield State remain one point behind Framingham State in the standings. Both units have won four of six conference tilts. And similar to the Rams, the Vikings concluded the first half of their schedule with three consecutive wins.

NESCAC Men’s: Amherst and Williams entered their winter breaks as the top two squads in their conference. Craig Kitto leads the Ephs with 10 points (five goals, five assists), while George Hunkele is second on the team with 6 points (three goals, three assists). Williams hasn’t lost a game this season, as they’ve won five contests and tied two. Both of their ties, which were against Colby and Hamilton, were identical scores: 1-1.

NESCAC Women’s: Amherst entered their break as the second best team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. They’ve recorded seven points, three conference wins and one non-conferee victory. The Lord Jeffs commenced their season with three straight wins, including a weekend sweep over Hamilton before earning ties with Plattsburgh State and Wesleyan.

When the Purple and White return to action, they’ll face Holy Cross and Cortland State before returning to conference play against Colby.

Mass. College Hockey: Notes From Friday’s Contests

By Matt Noonan 

Here are some news and notes from yesterday’s contests.

  • Six different Boston College skaters found the back of the net last night, which helped the Eagles earn a 6-2 victory over UNH, along with their ninth win of the season. Johnny Gaudreau potted his 13th strike of the year, while Kevin Hayes scored his ninth goal in the second period. First-year forward Austin Cangelosi finished with three points (one goal, two assists). Cangelosi has now registered three-points in three contests this season.
  • Merrimack College has trailed 14 times this season, but has come back twice to win. Last night, they rallied to beat Boston University, 3-2, which snapped a seven-game winless stretch. Over the last seven games, the Warriors were 0-6-1.
  • BU’s women’s team picked up their 13th win of the season as the Terriers skated past Minnesota Duluth, 6-5. Kerrin Sperry recorded her second consecutive 35-plus save performance, while Sarah Lefort registered three points (two goals, one assist).
  • Harvard’s women’s team topped New Hampshire last night in Cambridge, 5-0. The win marks the Crimson’s eighth consecutive victory, as well as Brianna Laing‘s second career shutout in her second career start.
  • Bentley University’s men’s team improved to 6-7-1 this season thanks to a hat trick from Alex Grieve, as well as three assists by Brett Gensler. As noted in last night’s release, Gensler’s three assists helped the senior break the program’s Division I record for career points.
  • Babson College improved to 5-0-0 in the ECAC East for the first time since their 1994-95 campaign as the Beavers skated past Southern Maine, 5-2. Babson has outscored its opponents 9-3 in the third period this season and has not yielded a goal during the final 20 minutes in four consecutive contests.
  • Travis Daniel became the 13th player to reach the 100-point milestone in UMass Boston’s program history as the Beacons defeated University of New England for the second time in five days. Daniel’s assist in the second period provided him with his 100th point.