#7 Nor'easters advance into semifinals with 6-3 win over Leopards

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BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Third-seeded University of New England scored the game's first four goals on the way to a 6-3 victory over sixth-seeded Wentworth Institute of Technology in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men's Ice Hockey Championship on Saturday night (Feb. 17) at the Harold Alfond Forum.

The Nor'easters (19-4-3), move on to meet second seed Endicott College (a 10-2 winner over Suffolk University) in the semifinal round next Saturday. Face-off in Beverly, Mass. will be 3 p.m. [Interactive Bracket]

Six different players found the back of the net for 7th-ranked squad in the country, which had its nation-leading power-play improve to 36.3 percent with a 4-for-6 performance in the contest. Two of those extra-man goals came in the 1st period, courtesy of Ryan Burr (CCC 1st Team) and Tucker Ross, sandwiched around an even-strength marker from Brady Fleurent (CCC 1st Team).

Max Rasberg made it 4-0 in the 2nd, and Ryan Bloom (CCC 1st Team) restored that cushion (5-1) on a late power-play goal, after the Leopards broke through with a score by Georgy Gorodetskii.

Jake McDonough was credited with Wentworth's second power-play goal as play progressed through the 3rd, and WIT used an extra attacker on a delayed penalty call to pull within two (5-3) at the 11:10 mark.

UNE survived two separate penalties down the stretch before gaining a 5-on-3 in the waning minutes. The Leopards pulled their goalie to get a player back, but Jeff Eppright cashed in on the empty net -- and Rasberg's third assist -- to seal it.

Eppright had two helpers of his own for three total points, and Burr added an assist for two points.

Between the pipes, Tate Sproxton had 35 saves for the Nor'easters, who were out-shot by five (38-33).

Wentworth, which closes the 2017-18 with a 9-14-3 record, received 27 stops out of Ryan Hubbard.

Next Saturday's visit to Endicott will be just 14 days removed from the regular-season finale at Ray Bourque Arena, when UNE rallied with three 3rd-period goals to tie (4-4) the nationally-ranked Gulls. The rematch of last year's title game, in which EC scored the deciding goal with 8.7 seconds in regulation, will be the sixth all-time meeting between the sides; Big Blue is 2-1-2 so far.

No contests today.
No contests today.
No contests today.