UMass Boston Downs Southern Maine in Men's Hockey Action 8-1

Sophomore Matthew Smith had an assist on USM's lone goal against UMass Boston (file photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Matthew Smith had an assist on USM's lone goal against UMass Boston (file photo by Jason Johns).

UMass Boston Downs Southern Maine 8-1

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) scored a pair of goals and sophomore Nolan Egbert (North Massapequa, N.Y.) provided steady goaltending as the visiting University of Massachusetts Beacons cruised past the University of Southern Maine Huskies 8-1 Saturday in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's game at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win gets the Beacons back to the .500 level at 2-2-0 overall and 1-1-0 in NEHC play.  The Huskies dropped their fourth straight NEHC game to remain winless on of the season.

            Seven different Beacons lit the lamp for goals, and 14 players recorded a point.  Rookie Andy Walker (Mason, Mich.) and junior Jack Riley (Wrentham, Mass.) contributed a goal and an assist, and sophomore Ethan Nitkins (Miami Beach, Fla.) had two assists.

            Junior Maverick Lynes (Sherwood Park, Alberta) provided the Huskies with their lone highlight of the game with a power-play goal in the second period.

            Egbert, making his first start for the Beacons, stopped 22 of 23 shot to pick up his first career win.  At the other end for the Huskies, senior Paul Léger (Blainville, Que.) had 18 saves over 47:14 before leaving the game.  Junior Anthony D'Aloisio (Frisco, Texas) came on to record seven saves over the final 12:46.

            UMB exploded for three goals in a span of 2:11 midway through the first period to take command.  Redler netted the first goal at 10:30.  Rookie Nick Daluisio (Aston, Pa.) followed with what prove to be the game-winning goal at 11:21, and Walker found the net at 12:41 as the teams were playing five aside.

            Rookie Ethan Osburn (Prescott, Ariz.) made it 4-0 early in the second period.  The Beacon lead grew to five before Lynes was able to put the Huskies on the board at 9:48 with his 5-on-3 power-play marker.  Redler potted a power-play mark at 17:45 to make it 6-1 after two periods.

            Riley posted an unassisted short-handed tally at 3:42 in the third, and sophomore Chris Peters (Fairport, N.Y.) closed out the scoring with his first goal of the season at 6:54.

            The Beacons finished with a 33-23 advantage in shots on goal, including a 16-7 edge in the opening period.  UMB also converted on 2 of 5 power plays.  Southern Maine was successful on 1 on 7 power-play chances.

            Southern Maine is back in action on Tuesday (5:40 p.m.) when it travels to Anna Maria College for a non-conference game.  UMass Boston is back out on the road next weekend traveling to Castleton University on Friday (7 p.m.).