Men's Hockey Overwhelmed by No. 10/12 UMass-Boston

Men's Hockey Overwhelmed by No. 10/12 UMass-Boston

BOSTON, Mass. – Nationally-ranked UMass-Boston scored four goals in the second and five more in the third as part of nine unanswered goals en route to a 10-1 victory over the Castleton men's hockey team Friday night in New England Hockey Conference action at Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.

Playing his first game as a forward, Jimmy Burns tallied his first goal of the season on an assist by Kurt Johnson. Ryan Mulder stopped 20 shots over 32 minutes of action in the loss. Wyatt Pickrell and Brody Wagner both saw action in net in the third period.

No. 10/12 UMass-Boston (14-6-0, 9-4-0 NEHC) opened the scoring on the power play early in the first period. Cycling the puck on the man advantage, Colin Larkin drilled a one-timer from the right-wing faceoff circle over the glove of Mulder to give the home team a 1-0 advantage 7:18 into the contest. 

Castleton responded with the equalizer on its own power play late in the frame. After coming up empty on their first man advantage, the Spartans cashed in 37 seconds into their second chance. Ryan O'Toole controlled the puck behind the net and found Burns streaking in from the right point. Burns' initial one-timer shot was saved, but he sent home his own rebound in a scrum in front of the net at the 15:41 mark.

After a tight first period, UMass-Boston struck fire in the second period, tallying four unanswered goals to blow the game open. Three of those goals came over a 2:04 span, including two by Garrison Sanipass. Following a Spartan penalty, Sanipass connected on a pass from Zack Bross and found the open net for what proved to be the game-winning goal 10:11 into the period. After Larkin tallied his second goal at the 12:04 mark, Sanipass cashed in again nine seconds later. John Regnart netted his first career goal with less than five minutes left as the Beacons stretched their lead to 5-1 at the end of two periods.

Cody Wickline opened the third period with a pair of goals 16 seconds apart to take the wind out of the Spartans' sails. The Beacons continued to pressure on the offensive end, as the nation's fourth-ranked offense registered three more goals down the stretch en route to the 10-1 victory.

Shots finished 48-22 in favor of UMass-Boston. The Spartans went 1-for-5 on the power play while the Beacons were 2-for-2 with the man advantage.

Castleton (6-11-3, 2-10-1 NEHC) will look to bounce back on Saturday as it faces Babson on the road in another conference contest at 4 p.m.