|UMass Boston||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine — Freshman Jordan Hall (Anchorage, Alaska) scored a power-play goal with 7:06 to play in regulation to give the University of Southern Maine Huskies a 4-3 victory over the visiting University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons in New England Hockey Conference men’s action Friday night at the USM Ice Arena.
The victory snapped the Huskies’ five-game winless streak (0-3-2) and gave them a sweep of the teams two-game, regular-season series. The Huskies improved to 7-10-2 overall and 4-8-1 in NEHC play. The Beacons slip to 10-7-3 overall and 5-6-2 in the conference.
Hall took a rink-wide pass from freshman Brendan Murphy (St. Peters, Mo.) and one-timed his shot from the right-wing circle past UMB rookie goalie Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) for his third goal since joining the Huskies at mid-year. Rookie Sasha Makarov (Indian Trail, N.C.) also earned an assist on the play.
USM junior goaltender Kyle Shapiro (Ocean, N.J.) protected the lead for the final seven minutes to earn his sixth win of the season. Shapiro, who is five saves shy of breaking the USM career record of 1774 saves set by Chris Buck (1986-90), finished the game with 30 saves.
In a fast-paced first period, the Huskies took the lead three times for a 3-2 advantage after 20 minutes. Rookie Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.) potted the rebound of his own shot at 7:30 to put USM up 1-0. The lead lasted less than two minutes as the Beacons took advantage of their first power play. Freshman Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) tallied the goal from the right side.
The Huskies regained the lead 24 seconds later with senior Cole Klippenstein (Franklin, Tenn.) finishing off a beautiful passing play from Makarov and rookie Brock Padgham (Chilliwack, B.C.). The Beacons again responded on the power play, this time taking advantage of a 5-on-3 situation. Freshman Ryan Cusin (Detroit, Mich.) fired home a laser from the left-wing circle at 11:51 for his 13th goal, set up by senior Albee Daley (Averill Park, N.Y.) and Redler.
Senior Ty Zampitella (Ipswich, Mass.) gave the Huskies their third one-goal lead of the period at 15:55 when his shot from the blue line found its way through a maze of players in front of MacBurnie. The goal was the first of Zampitella’s collegiate career.
The Beacons had the only marker in the second period as junior Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) was set up at the left post for his 17th goal of the season. Cusin picked up the lone assist on the play.
UMass Boston finished the game with a 33-28 advantage in shots on goal, and was 2-for-4 on the power play. Southern Maine went 1-for-2 with the extra skater.