UMass-Boston holds on for victory
Beacons jump out to 5-0 lead, stave off rally by No. 4 Castleton
BOSTON, Mass. -- It was too little, too late as fourth-ranked Castleton saw its five-game unbeaten streak come to an end on Friday when UMass-Boston jumped all over the visitors with five goals in the first 22 minutes and then held on for the 5-4 victory at the Clark Athletic Center.
The Beacons scored four times in the first period to stake themselves to the big lead early. The five goals are the most given up by the Castleton defense this season as the team drops to 15-4-1 overall and 10-2-1 in the ECAC East. UMass-Boston, meanwhile, improves to 10-7-3 on the season and 6-6-1 in the ECAC East.
It was a quick start for the Beacons as they got on the board 5:32 into the first period on a power-play goal by Travis Daniel. Less than two minutes later it was Andrew Burke, who pushed the home team’s lead to 2-0.
Daniel scored his second goal of the game at the 13:40 mark off assists from Burke and Anthony Fitti, score which spelled the end of the night for starting goalie Eric Cinotti. UMass-Boston scored its final goal of the period with 5:48 remaining in the first.
The Beacons made it a 5-0 game just 1:10 into the second on a goal by Corey Chakeen and led by five goals after 40 minutes of play.
Castleton finally got on the board at the 2:47 mark of the third on an unassisted goal by Justin Alonzo.
The Spartans narrowed the gap to 5-2 just 1:23 later on a two-man advantage, as Ryan Delorme found the back of the net off assists from Josh Harris and Ben Schoeneberger.
Harris make it a two-goal game at the 5:49 mark on a power-play goal with assists from Tyler Atkins and Alonzo. Cody Ayers cut the deficit to just one score with 8:01 remaining, with Lindsey Gullet and Harris earning assists.
Castleton continued to pressure the Beacons over the final eight minutes, even outshooting them 16-3 in the final period, but it was to no avail, as Kevin Bendel stayed strong in net.
Thomas Shelley came in relief of Cinotti and played 45:00 minutes, giving up a pair of goals and making 14 saves. Bendel countered with 32 stops between the pipes for the win.