November 2, 2013

#9/12 Beacons Overpower Corsairs In Season Opener

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth built a two-goal advantage after the first intermission, but #9/12 University of Massachusetts Boston erupted for eight unanswered goals, including five in the second period, to earn an 8-2 victory this afternoon in a men's ice hockey non-conference contest at Hetland Arena.

With the win the Beacons, who were picked to finish second in the Eastern College Athletic Conference East this season, improve to 1-0-0. The Corsairs, winners of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference last winter, dropped to 0-1-0.

UMass Dartmouth came out firing in the opening 20 minutes of regulation, building a 2-0 advantage.  Sophomore Kyle Johnston (Charlotte, Mich.) cracked the scoring column for the hosts on the 5-v-3 power-play at 5:32 on a helper from classmate Billy Boudreau (Newburyport, Mass.) and sophomore Mike Grassi (Reading, Mass.).  Less than three minutes later, the Corsairs increased their lead, when sophomore Evangelos Stefanou (Tabernacle, N.J.) recorded his first marker of the season at 8:13.  Sophomores Garrett Allen (Dartmouth, Mass.) and Mike Restuccia (Malden, Mass.) were credited with assists.

UMass Boston charged out of the gates in the second frame, outshooting the hosts 30-4.  Senior captain Travis Daniel ignated the second period surge with a power-play tally just 54 seconds after the intermission.  Peter MacIntyre  and Derek Colucci recorded assists on the Beacons first goal of the season.  Sam Boyd evened the contest at 5:25 with his first marker of the season, touching off a four-goal outburst in the span of four minutes, 33 seconds.  The Beacons sandwiched a pair of special-team markers between MacIntyre's first of the season to take a 5-2 lead into the locker room. 

UMass Boston continuted to take advantage of its power-play opportunites in the third, scoring two of its three goals with a man-up.  Nathan Miliam and Kit Sitterley registered power-play scores in between Colucci's first of the season to cap the afternoon's scoring.  

Seven different Beacons found the back of the net in win led by MacIntyre and Division I transfer Miliam.  McIntyre registered four points, on a marker and three helpers, while Milam was responsible for two goals and two assists. Netminder Zach Andrews registered 20 stops in his first win of the year.

UMass Boston was 4-for-6 on the power-play, while the penalty kill was just as effective as they held the Corsairs to just one power-play tally on eight attempts and produced a short-handed goal.

Ben Vandervies tallied 41 stops through the first two and half periods. JJ Solloway closed out the third period with his nine saves.

UMass Dartmouth will open its Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) schedule at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, when the Corsairs travel to Westfield State. The Corsairs were picked third by the MASCAC coaches in the annual preseason poll.