BOSTON -- University of Massachusetts Boston converted on seven of its nine power play opportunities to open the 2014-15 campaign with a 15-3 victory over visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this evening in a NCAA Division III men's ice hockey game played at the Clark Athletic Center.
Freshman Luc Sauve (Acushnet, Mass.) led the Corsairs in his intercollegiate debut with a pair of goals, while junior Mike Grassi (Reading, Mass.) and freshman Kyle Zacharewicz (Ludlow, Mass.) were eached credited with two assists. Junior Evangelos Stefanou (Tabernacle, N.J.) also found the back of the net for the visitors.
The Beacons (1-0) raced out to an early advantage, scoring three goals during the opening five minutes of the contest. Kit Sitterly gave the hosts' a lead they would never relinquish, lighting the lamp just 117 seconds into regulation. UMass Boston capitalized on the power play at the 4:47 mark, while Albee Daley found the back of the net 13 seconds later.
UMass Dartmouth answered three minutes later, when Stefanou finished a feed from junior Garrett Allen (Dartmouth, Mass.) to trim the hosts' advantage to 3-1. The Beacons regained their three-goal lead as Stephen Buco netted his second marker of the frame to give UMass Boston a 4-1 advantage after the opening 20 minutes of action.
The Beacons netted the lone marker of the second stanza, when Nathan Milam potted his first goal of the season at the 9:31 mark.
UMass Boston utilized its special teams to seize control of the non-conference contest, recording six consecutive power-play goals. The Beacons continued to apply the offensive pressure, as the hosts added four additional markers before Sauve was able to find the back of the net twice in the span of 30 seconds to cap the scoring.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7:40 p.m. on Nov. 8, when the Corsairs travel to Framingham State University.