BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston men's hockey erupted for nine goals, including the final six of the night, to blow past crosstown rival Wentworth Institute of Technology 9-2 on Opening Night at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
UMass Boston 9, Wentworth Institute 2
(UMass Boston 1-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Three players recorded four points and 10 players picked up at least one point, as the Beacons earned their seventh-straight win over the Leopards.
Sophomore Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) recorded his second collegiate hat trick by potting three goals and adding an assist. Linemate Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) and freshman Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) added a goal and three assists apiece to match Redler's team-high four points.
Freshman Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.), the third member of the Beacons' top line, tacked on a goal and two assists in his collegiate debut. Junior Drew Gannon (Plano, Texas) and Daniel Nachbaur (Richland, Wash.) were the final two Beacons with multi-point games, as Gannon registered two assists and Nachbaur had a goal and an assist.
In net, junior transfer Anthony D'Urso (Rome, N.Y.) earned a win in his Beacons' debut by making 25 saves on 27 shots.
Garrett Geane and Connor Busch recorded the lone two goals for the Leopards, who are coming off a 5-17-3 campaign.
Kenny Graham (12 saves) and Ryan Hubbard (32 saves) combined for 44 saves on 53 shots in the loss.
The contest got off to a wild start, with seven total goals in the first period, including four in the first 3:38, and six in the first 9:24.
Redler got the Beacons on the board 1:06 into the game on the power play, but Geane answered back at 1:54 to even the score.
The Beacons made it 2-1 on a wild scramble in front at 3:25 and Larkin unleashed a filthy wrister just 13 seconds later to push it to 3-1.
Wentworth kept themselves in the game momentarily, when Busch used a screen to beat D'Urso with a high shot at 6:29.
That would be as close as the Leopards would get as UMass Boston would score the final six goals of the night.
Bross made it 4-2 at 9:24 when he skated in all alone on Graham, before easily slipping the puck inside the near post. Nachbaur closed out the first period scoring off a rebound at 12:36.
The Beacons tacked on two more goals in the second period, with Redler finishing out in front off a terrific pass from Larkin and Albano blasting home a shot from the point.
Redler closed out his hat trick at 13:58, when he potted his second power-play goal of the night. UMass Boston finished the scoring with just 3.4 seconds left, as Riley skated in on a breakaway and scored his first collegiate goal with a low wrister.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot Wentworth 53-27, including a 45-23 advantage through the first two periods.
- The Beacons went 2-for-5 on the power play, while holding Wentworth to an 0-for-3 showing.
- With his four points, Larkin moved into a tie for 13th with Peter MacIntyre ('15) and Charles Plaza ('90) in program history for career points with 106.
- UMass Boston improved to 7-1-1 all-time against the Leopards and recorded four or more goals against Wentworth for the sixth-straight season.
- Friday's matchup featured a pair of familiar faces to both programs. UMass Boston assistant coach Cory Schneider spent the past two seasons with Wentworth, while Wentworth assistant Ryan McGrath worked with the Beacons for four years.
- All three Beacons freshmen who made their collegiate debut scored in the win. D'Urso and junior transfer Justin Holliday (Akron, Ohio) also made their Beacons debut in the win.
UMass Boston will aim for a 2-0 weekend on Saturday, when they host Curry College at 4 p.m.