RUTLAND, Vt.—Behind a 22-save performance from Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.), #7/10 UMass Boston men's hockey earned a 1-0 shutout victory over host Castleton University Friday night at Spartan Arena.
#7/10 UMass Boston 1, Castleton University 0
(UMass Boston 14-4, New England Hockey Conference 10-1)
(Castleton University 3-11-4, NEHC 1-9-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
MacBurnie tied the program record for career shutouts by earning back-to-back shutouts for the first time in his career. The junior netminder made 22 saves, including 12 in the third period, to tie Billy Faust ('16) for the program mark with five shutouts.
Fellow junior Daniel Nachbaur (Richalnd, Wash.) provided all the offense MacBurnie would need. He tipped home Nick Albano's shot at 6:33 of the second period to scored the lone goal in the contest.
Castleton netminder Wyatt Pickrell kept the hosts in the game all evening long, as he tied his season-high with 44 saves on 45 shots.
UMass Boston dominated the opening 40 minutes, but were never able to gain any breathing room on the scoreboard. The Beacons outshot the hosts 16-2 in the first period and 17-8 in the second.
Nachbaur accounted for the long goal of the game at 6:33 of the second stanza. He intercepted an attempted Castleton clearance at the near point and sent a shot wide of the net that bounced out to the far side for Albano. The sophomore defenseman skated in and wristed a shot towards net that Nachbaur tipped in as he crossed the face of goal.
Castleton would up the pressure in the third period and ended up tying the Beacons in shots (12-12).
The Spartans had a great chance late in the period after MacBurnie stopped a shot through a lot of traffic but couldn't find the rebound that bounced out to the near side. As a Spartan dashed towards the puck with the near side of the net wide open, MacBurnie slid across the crease and got a piece of the puck to deflect it into the netting.
BY THE NUMBERS
- MacBurnie is second in program history with his three shutouts in a single-season. Faust posted four shutouts, including back-to-back shutouts in the NCAA Tournament during the 2015-16 season.
- The Beacons outshot the Spartans 45-22 and held a 42-27 edge in face-offs.
- MacBurnie became the eight goalie to appear in 50 career games as a Beacon.
- Both teams finished the game 0-5 on the power-play.
- With the win and Norwich University beating #12/13 Babson College, UMass Boston's lead atop the New England Hockey Conference is now four points with seven games to play.
- MacBurnie has stopped 47 shots over the past two games. He has saved the last 57 shots he faced, dating back to the second period against New England College on January 11.
- UMass Boston improved to 15-7-2 with the victory over Castleton. The Beacons have won 11 in a row over the Spartans and are 13-1-1 over the past 15 meetings.
- The Beacons sit in eight-place in the first-ever Division III NCAA Men's Hockey Pairwise Rankings. The pairwise will be used to determine which teams earn at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament.
- Albano has now recorded a point in four-straight games and five of the past six contests.
#7/10 UMass Boston men's hockey will head to Kreitzberg Arena on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. to play Norwich University. The Beacons defeated the Cadets 4-2 on November 9 in Boston.