Top-Seeded UMass Boston Eliminates Southern Maine in NEHC Quarterfinals

Junior goalie Paul Léger
Junior goalie Paul Léger
Léger Makes 43 Saves for the Huskies

            BOSTON -- The top-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston got goals from four different players and goalie Bailey MacBurnie turned aside 22 shots as the Beacons shut out the eighth-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies 4-0 in a quarterfinal round game of the 2019 New England Hockey Conference Men's Championship tournament Saturday night at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.

            The win moves the Beacons into next weekend's semifinal round against fourth-seeded Hobart College as the seedings held to form with the top four all winning.  The Beacons, ranked ninth nationally in two polls, improved to 19-6-1 on the season.  The Huskies conclude their season at 5-18-3 overall.

            UMB got a first period goal from Ethan Nitkin at 6:44 to take the lead.  The goal was the 10th of the season for Nitkin.

            Nolan Redler, the NEHC Player of the Year, doubled the advantage in the middle period with his 15th goal of the season.

            The Beacons tacked on two third-period markers for the final tally.  Garrison Sanipass scored an unassisted empty-net goal at 17:22, and David MacGregor scored in the final seconds.

            MacBurnie earned his fourth shutout of the season, and was also credited with an assist on MacGregor's goal.  USM junior goalie Paul Léger (Blainville, Quebec) made 43 saves for the Huskies.