MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – A four-point showing by Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) and a 20 save outing by Billy Faust (Alta Loma, Calif.) carried 10th/11th ranked men's ice hockey to a 6-2 non-conference win over Wesleyan University (Conn.) Saturday evening at The Spurrier-Snyder Rink.
With the win, UMass Boston improved to 7-0-0, while the Cardinals dropped to 1-4-0 in the first-ever meeting between the two squads since 2010. The victory marked the second straight for the Beacons over Wesleyan, and the 10th all-time.
UMass Boston wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the first period. With four different players each finding the back of the net, The Beacons quickly found them selves in control. Wesleyan would also register a goal in the opening period, but were held to the lone score with a strong showing by the Beacons defense and by Faust.
Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) broke the scoreless draw less than two minutes into the contest, with MacIntyre and Jeremy Finger (Orlando, Fla.) both earning assists on the play. Less than five minutes later it was Kit Sitterley, who made it 2-0 in favor of UMass.
Senior captain Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) would then score the eventual game-winner at 11:06 on the power-play to make it a three-goal affair. Kuhn would tally his second goal of the night with 44 seconds left in the second to make it at the time a 6-1 advantage in favor of UMass.
Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored the final goal of the period to give UMass a 4-1 lead going into the first intermission. After the break Josh Haverstrom (Coral Springs, Fla.) scored his first collegiate goal at the 17:20 mark of the second frame to give the Beacons some additional insurance.
Wesleyan's final goal came from James Kline at the 13:56 mark of the third period, but the late goal was not enough.
Faust's win moved the junior netminder to 2-0 on the year Saturday's victory. Wesleyan's Dawson Sprigings totaled 37 saves as he fell to 1-3-0 on the year. On the night the Beacons were 2-for-6 on the power-play, while their penalty kill held the Cardinals scoreless on four power-play opportunities.
The Beacons return to action tomorrow when they travel to Trinity College (Conn.) for a 3 p.m. non-conference game.