HOOKSETT, N.H. -- Junior Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) scored a pair of goals to back a 21-save effort in net from junior Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.), as seventh-ranked UMass Boston posted a 3-1 non-league college ice hockey victory over UMass Dartmouth in the third place game of the 2018 Southern New Hampshire Manchester/PAL Stovepipe Tournament Sunday afternoon at Ice Den Arena.
Redler staked the Beacons (8-1) to a 1-0 lead 13:34 into the contest on feeds from senior John Regnart (Anchorage, Ak.) and sophomore Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.), and that score held up until the opening minute of the final stanza when sophomore Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) extended that margin to 2-0 45 seconds into the frame. Junior Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) sliced the Corsairs’ (2-6) deficit in half with a power play tally (his fourth goal of the season) on assists from senior Mason Nichols (Oviedo, Fla.) and sophomore Eric Bolden (Oswego, Ill.) with 6:46 remaining, but Redler accounted for the final margin on an empty-netter with seven seconds to play that sealed UMass Boston’s triumph.
Junior Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.) and freshman Ethan Nitkin (Miami Beach, Fla.) provided helpers on Albano’s goal for the Beacons, as MacBurnie made 16 of his stops over the first two periods of play to improve to 7-0 on the year. Sophomore Parker Butler (Summit, N.J.) made a career-high 42 saves (including 17 in the middle stanza) in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, as UMass Boston held a 46-22 shots advantage in a game that saw the teams combine for 20 power play opportunities (11 for the Corsairs).
UMass Dartmouth hosts Worcester State in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference outing on Thursday evening at Hetland Arena that faces off at 7:30 pm, while UMass Boston entertains Hobart in a New England Hockey Conference clash on Friday evening in Boston that faces off at 7:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Rainier Almonte '19)