Spartans Fall to UMass-Boston, 5-0

Spartans Fall to UMass-Boston, 5-0

RUTLAND, Vt. – For the second consecutive night, the Castleton men's hockey team fell behind early and struggled to find its offense as UMass-Boston earned a 5-0 victory over the Spartans Saturday afternoon in New England Hockey Conference action at Spartan Arena.

Nick Albano led UMass-Boston offensively with two goals and an assist, while four other Beacons registered two points in the contest. Nolan Redler and Cody Wickline each had a goal and an assist, while Daniel Nachbaur and Gabe Chuckran each contributed two assists. Bailey MacBurnie made 17 saves in the shutout.

UMass-Boston (2-1-0, 1-1-0 NEHC) took a 1-0 lead just over two minutes into the contest, setting up possession in the offensive zone and connecting multiple passes before Wickline snuck a shot inside the left post from the slot at the 2:13 mark.

Castleton (1-2-0, 0-2-0 NEHC) committed four penalties in the first period for the second straight night, and after killing off three straight minors, Redler doubled the Beacons' lead with just six seconds remaining in the period after burying a rebound from point blank.

After a back-and-forth start to the second period, UMass-Boston stretched its lead to three goals after Albano notched a power-play goal 12:26 into the frame. Hampered by three more penalties in the second period, the Spartans struggled to generate any offense as the Beacons outshot Castleton, 14-3, and took a 3-0 lead into the final period.

A penalty-filled third period saw nine infractions, including two majors, forcing both teams to play a man down throughout the majority of the stanza. The Spartans put 11 shots on goal in the period, but MacBurnie turned them all aside and the Beacons added two more goals to earn the 5-0 victory.

Wyatt Pickrell made a career-high 50 saves in net for the Spartans. Castleton finished 0-for-8 on the powerplay, while UMass-Boston finished 2-for-10 with the man advantage.

The Spartans will face off with Hobart on the road next Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.