HARTFORD, Conn.—Senior goalie Billy Faust (Alta Loma, Calif.) played the best game of his collegiate career and senior forward Derek Colucci (North Scituate, R.I.) added a pair of goals, to lead UMass Boston Men's Hockey past defending national champion Trinity College 4-0 in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
#6/7 UMass Boston 4, #5/5 Trinity College 0
(UMass Boston 22-4-3)
(Trinity College 21-6-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In a game between the defending national champs and a first-time NCAA participant, UMass Boston made it look as if they were the seasoned veterans through the first 40 minutes, as they headed into the second period intermission leading 3-0.
Trinity threw everything it had at Faust and the Beacons in the third period, but to no avail. Faust made 17 of his 37 saves in the third period to earn his program-record setting fourth shutout. The senior posted his third shutout in his past eight appearances and second of the postseason, which also set the program-mark for shutouts in a single-season with three.
Colucci would provide all the offense Faust would need, as the senior scored twice and junior Zach Lindsay(Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) and freshman Mike Thomson (Reading, Mass.) each added a goal.
Senior Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was credited with two assists in the game, as he became the 15th member of the UMass Boston 100-point club. DeAugustine, who will tie the program-record for career games played next Saturday with 106, has recorded 44 goals and 56 assists for 100 points. He stands 15thin program history behind former teammates Travis Daniel ('14) and Peter MacIntyre ('15).
Trinity sophomore goalie Alex Morin fell to 14-3-0 on the season, as the sophomore stopped 26 of 29 shots. After posting a 7-0-0 record at the Koeppel Center this season, Morin tied his season-high by allowing three goals in a home contest. Saturday's contest marked the final game for Trinity's five seniors. The group helped the Bantams win their first title in program history and earn a New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament Championship this winter. UMass Boston came out of the gate firing, as the Beacons recorded eight of the first nine shots on goal.
Thomson finally made the Bantams pay at the 7:42 mark, after a bad turnover by Trinity in their own end. Griffyn Martin turned the puck over right behind his own net and Thomson flicked a shot off the back of Morin and in, for his third collegiate goal in 15 games. The goal also marked the second collegiate game-winner for the freshman, who was only reinserted into the lineup, when a Beacon went down in the penultimate game of the regular season.
Trinity awoke from their slumber after the Thomson goal and tallied eight of the final 10 shots of the period, but they couldn't beat Faust and the Beacons' defense.
The Beacons' second line doubled the advantage near the midpoint of the period, thanks to a very strong shift. After Morin stopped a pair of point-blank chances on the far post, Garrison Sanipass (Northbrook, Ill.) sent a centering feed from behind the goal to Colucci in the slot, and Colucci's bullet of a shot easily beat Morin at 9:25 of the period.
Just under five minutes later, Lindsay made it a 3-0 game, with one of the most impressive goals of the college hockey season. Lindsay batted down an attempted clear, dangled his way through two defenders and wristed a hard shot over Morin's stick and just inside the post, to make it 3-0 at 14:20. Senior Jeremy Finger (Orlando, Fla.) and freshman Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) each were credited with assists on the play.
Trinity would come back with a vengeance in the third period, as they upped their play and their physicality. The Bantams earned a pair of power-plays in the period, but Faust made six saves on the first man-advantage and one more on the second, to keep the Bantams off the board.
Colucci put the exclamation point on the victory with 15 seconds left, when he was brought down from behind in front of an empty-net. The referees awarded Colucci the goal and the Beacons' fans began the wild celebration. DeAugustine picked up an assist on the play.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With their win, the men's hockey team became only the third UMass Boston program to earn a win in the NCAA Tournament. The men's hockey team joined the baseball and volleyball teams.
- UMass Boston blocked 17 shots in the victory.
- The Beacons improved to 6-13-1 all-time against Trinity College. Trinity had been unbeaten in 12-straight (11-0-1) going into last year's meeting, but the Beacons have won two in a row over the Bantams.
- Trinity had not been shutout in 76 games before Saturday night's loss. The last time they were shutout was in the 2013-14 season, when Stonehill College handed them a 2-0 loss on December 5, 2013.
#6/7 UMass Boston will turn the bus around and drive north, as they will take on #4/4 Hobart College next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The winner of Saturday's contest will advance to the Frozen Four in Lake Placid, N.Y.