BOSTON, Mass. -- Junior Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.) netted a pair of goals to lead fourth-ranked UMass Boston to a 4-2 non-league college ice hockey victory over UMass Dartmouth Saturday afternoon at Barry Rink.
Nachbaur netted both of his tallies in the opening 13:15 of the contest to stake the host Beacons (11-2) to a 2-0 first period advantage, and freshman Chris Peters (Rochester, N.Y.) extended that margin to 3-0 with a power play goal that came with 7:02 remaining in the middle stanza. Junior Steven Leonard’s (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) power play marker (his sixth of the year) with 3:09 left in the second got the visiting Corsairs (5-7) on the board, and senior Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) sliced UMass Dartmouth’s deficit to one with his eighth tally of the season that came with 6:37 remaining in the game. That score held up until the closing minutes when freshman Ethan Nitkin’s (Miami Beach, Fla.) goal with 1:21 to play iced UMass Boston’s second win over the visitors in a span of 13 days and accounted for the final margin.
Nitkin added an assist to finish with two points in the triumph for the Beacons, who received two helpers each from senior Garrison Sanipass (Northbrook, Ill.) and junior Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) along with single assists off the sticks of senior Bryan Carter (Hudson, Mass.) and sophomore Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.). Junior Sean Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) assisted on his brother’s goal in the setback for the Corsairs, who also received helpers off the sticks of sophomores Eric Bolden (Oswego, Ill.), Nicholas Short (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Kai Kapossy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).
Junior Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made 31 saves to pick up his 10th win in 11 outings in goal for UMass Boston, while sophomore Parker Butler (Summit, N.J.) also made 31 stops between the pipes in the setback for UMass Dartmouth. The Beacons outshot the Corsairs by a 35-33 margin and held a 38-34 advantage in face off wins for the contest.
UMass Dartmouth will be idle until Saturday, January 5, 2019 when the Corsairs host Fitchburg State in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference clash at Hetland Arena that faces off at 6:00 pm, while UMass Boston return to action on Friday, January 4, 2019 when the Beacons entertain Tufts in opening round play 54th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament at Barry Rink that faces off at 4:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)