#8 UMass Boston Shuts Out Southern Maine 4-0

Freshman F Brendan Dowler (file photo by Jason Johns).
Freshman F Brendan Dowler (file photo by Jason Johns).

UMass Boston Shuts Out Southern Maine 4-0

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior John Bonno (Kennesaw, Ga.) scored two goals and an assist and junior goalie Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made 25 saves as the visiting University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons shut out the University of Southern Maine Huskies 4-0 in New England Hockey Conference men's action Saturday at the USM Ice Arena.

            The eighth-ranked Beacons rebounded from Friday night's loss at New England College to knock off the Huskies and sweep the season series.  UMass Boston, sitting atop the NEHC standings, improved to 13-4-0 overall and 9-1-0 in NEHC play.  The Huskies dropped their third straight this week to fall to 2-12-2 overall and 2-8-1 in conference action.

            Bonno gave the Beacons the lead at 5:31 of the opening frame when his shot from the blue line found its way through a wad of players in front of USM rookie goalie Peter Ciccarelli (Chelmsford, Mass.) for his second goal of the season.  That would be the only scoring in the period as MacBurnie and Ciccarelli turned aside every other scoring bid.

            UMB doubled its lead at 4:49 of the second period with a power play goal from junior Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.).  Bonno's second goal of the game at 7:25, on another shot from the blue line that deflected off a USM player's stick, made it 3-0.  Bonno had a bid for a hat trick late in the period thwarted on a brilliant glove save by Ciccarelli.

            Rookie Steve Bryant (Edmond, Wash.) scored the lone goal of the third period at 15:01 with Bonno and rookie Chris Peters (Rochester, N.Y.) assisting.

            MacBurnie earned his second shutout of the season, the fourth of his career, by keeping the Huskies at bay.  In the up-and-down second period, MacBurnie posted 13 of his 25 saves.

            Ciccarelli, making just his second start of the season, made 37 saves in the game.  UMass Boston piled up a 41-25 advantage in shots on goal.  The Beacons converted on 1 of 8 power-play opportunities while killing off all eight Husky man advantages.

            Southern Maine returns to the ice on Tuesday evening (7 p.m.) for a non-conference game at Bowdoin College.  UMass Boston travels to NEHC rival Castleton University next Friday (7 p.m.).