- The New England College men's ice hockey team runs their unbeaten streak to eight straight with a 3-2 victory over #8/5 UMass Boston in New England Hockey Conference action, Friday evening.
The Pilgrims will climb to 10-3-2 and 5-3-2 in league play, while the Beacons drop their second game in-a-row and go to 12-4-0 and 8-1-0 in NEHC action.
Period 1 –10:30 | NEC – Adam Zollner
and Connor Inger
Period 2 – 12:03 | NEC – William Riise
Period 2 – 12:53 | NEC – Connor Fries
and Connor Dunn
Period 2 – 13:58 | UMB – Zack Bross (Gabe Chuckran and Daniel Nachbaur)
Period 2 – 15:56 | UMB – Nolan Redler (Daniel Nachbaur and Zack Bross)
HOW IT HAPPENED
New England College struck halfway through the first period when Adam Zollner
found the top corner. Keenan Haase
won a board battle and centered it to Zollner in the slot.
In the second, both teams struck twice. William Riise
found himself on a breakaway, as David Good
forced a turnover and used a bank pass off the boards to assist Riise on the goal. 50 seconds later the Pilgrims' lead grew to three, as Connor Fries
tipped in the rebound off of the Carlos Fornaris
slapshot from the point. UMass Boston came roaring back a minute later Zack Bross scored a power play goal from the top of the right circle. With under five minutes remaining in the period, Nolan Redler found the back of the net on the power play. His shot from the point beat the NEC goal to the far post.
In the final period, the Beacons applied the pressure on the Pilgrims, but Anthony Pupplo
stood tall between the pipes.
GOALTENDERS Anthony Pupplo
turned aside 36 saves in the win, while Bailey MacBurnie made 23 stops for the Beacons.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- This was the 53rd
matchup between the two schools, NEC is 32-19-2 in those games.
- The last time New England College took down a nationally ranked team was #6/8 UMass Boston last year on January 20th
Saturday, January 12th
, vs. #15/RV Babson