SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—On a night where senior captain Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) reached a pair of career milestones, UMass Boston men's hockey used a huge second period to down host Skidmore College.
#7/10 UMass Boston 7, Skidmore College 1
(UMass Boston 12-4, NEHC 7-2)
(Skidmore College 2-13-1, NEHC 0-8-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In his 100th career game as a Beacon, Larkin made sure it was memorable, by becoming the first Beacon to reach 130 career points since 1985. The senior scored a goal and added an assist, to move into fourth-place in program history in career points.
Four other UMass Boston players finished with multiple points, as the Beacons overcame an early deficit to crush the host Thoroughbreds.
After Skidmore College took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, UMass Boston struck for five goals in the second to cruise to the win.
Garrison Sanipass (Northbrook, Ill.) and Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) paced the team with four points apiece. Sanipass scored twice and added two assists, while Albano took over the team lead in assists with three assists (19 total) and one goal.
Dakota Keene (Poland, Maine) was the final UMass Boston player to score a goal in the win.
In net, Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) improved to 11-2 by making 10 saves on 11 shots over the opening 46:24. Sophomore Jordan Bustard (Flanders, N.J.) stopped all three shots he faced over the final 13:36.
Skidmore sophomore defenseman Quincy Gregg gave the hosts their only lead with his first collegiate goal.
Brandon Kasel and Brian Kowalski combined to make 46 saves on 53 shots in the loss for the Thoroughbreds.
UMass Boston dominated the opening 20 minutes in shots (21-7), but found themselves trailing at the 16:54 mark. Gregg took a pass from Adam Moodie and beat MacBurnie, to give the Thoroughbreds an unlikely lead after one period.
The Beacons would see their puck luck change in the second and third period, while being just as dominant on the stat sheet.
Albano tied the game 3:26 into the second period and Keene gave the Beacons the lead for good at 8:10.
Wickline scored the Beacons third goal in less than 10 minutes at 13:19. UMass Boston kept the momentum going when Sanipass netted a power-play goal at 15:13 and Redler tallied a goal at the 17-minute mark.
In total, UMass Boston scored all five of their goals within a span of 13:34.
Larkin reached the 130-point mark just 42 seconds into the third, when he scored a power-play goal off passes from Sanipass and Albano.
Sanipass closed out the scoring at 10:01 of the period, for his fourth-point of the night.
BY THE NUMBERS
- After his milestone night, Larkin ranks fourth in program history in career points (130), fifth in assists (75), tied for ninth in goals (55) and tied for 10th in games played (100). He also sits second all-time with 18 career power-play goals.
- With the win, UMass Boston improved to 2-0 on the season against Skidmore and 14-14-4 all-time against the Thoroughbreds. The Beacons have outscored Skidmore 12-3 in two games this year.
- UMass Boston went 2-for-3 on the power play, while Skidmore finished 0-for-3.
- The Beacons outshot Skidmore 53-14 for the game. The Beacons held the Thoroughbreds to seven combined shots over the final two period and posted at least 14 shots in every period.
- Justin Holliday (Akron, Ohio), Dominic Blad (Springfield, Mass.) and Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) each had an assist in the win.
- With the win, UMass Boston tied their win total from a year ago (12-11-3).
#7/10 UMass Boston will travel to "The Cooler," to take on #9/11 Hobart College on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Beacons last played at "The Cooler" in 2016, when they defeated Hobart 2-0 to earn a spot in the "Frozen Four."