UMass Boston Pulls Away from Southern Maine

Junior Adam Papayoanou (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Adam Papayoanou (file photo by Jason Johns).

Huskies Travel to Babson College on Saturday

            BOSTON -- Juniors Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) and Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) each scored a pair of goals as the University of Massachusetts Boston used a four-goal third-period explosion to pull away from the University of Southern Maine for a 9-3 New England Hockey Conference victory Friday evening at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.

            The win snapped a three-game losing skid for the Beacons, and gave them a sweep of the teams regular-season series.  The Beacons move past the Huskies in the NEHC standings with the win, and improve to 9-8-1 overall and 5-5-1 in the league.  The Huskies had their two-game unbeaten streak (1-0-1) stopped and fall to 5-10-3 overall and 4-6-2 in NEHC games.

            Albano and senior Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) gave the Beacons a 2-0 lead in the opening period.

            Each side scored three goals in the middle period to make it 5-3 after 40 minutes.  Senior Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.), junior Adam Papayoanou (Valencia, Calif.) and sophomore Derek Tillotson (Bow, N.H.) tallied for the Huskies.  Senior Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.), Albano and senior Dakota Keene (Poland, Maine) found the net for the Beacons.

            Heading into the final period, the Beacons got an early power play chance when the Huskies were called for too many men.  Bross scored his first goal of the period, assisted by Albano, at 1:43. Senior Tyler Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) made it 7-3 at 4:17.  Junior Jack Riley (Wrentham, Mass.) and Bross added power-play markers by the 7:25 mark to turn the game into a one-sided affair.  The Beacons outburst resulted in four goals in a span of 5:42.

            Albano led the Beacons scoring with four points on two goals and two assists.

            UMass Boston rolled up a 45-23 advantage in shots on goal, including a 19-1 margin in the third period.  UMB converted on 3 of 7 power plays while USM was 2 for 4 with the extra man.

            Rookie goalie Sam Best (Woburn, Mass.) stopped 20 shots to earn his first collegiate win with the Beacons.  Sophomore Peter Ciccarelli (Chelmsford, Mass.) started for USM and made 24 saves before being lifted in the third period.  Senior Paul Léger (Blainville, Quebec) came on the play the final 15:43 and made 12 saves.

            Southern Maine is back in action on Saturday (4 p.m.) traveling to Babson College.  UMass Boston hosts New England College on Saturday.