Spartans fall short against UMass Boston

The Spartans struggles continue after losing to UMass Boston Beacons 6-3 this past Saturday night at Edward T. Barry Ice rink in Boston.

With the loss, the Spartans add to a seven-game losing streak and are 2-8 out of their last ten.

“The game against UMass Boston got away from us,” head coach Bill Silengo said when asked about the game.

Nick Gravina began the scoring for the Spartans by putting one in the back of the net in the 11th minute of the first period.

But UMass Boston outshot the Spartans 52-38 and seemed to be in control of the game from the start, jumping out to a 3-1 lead by the end of the first period.

The Beacons continued to show their dominance on the ice with another goal early in the second period.

But the Spartans got a shot of hope later in the period.

After an interference penalty by the Beacons, the Spartans capitalized with a power play goal by Connor Rider in the 14th minute.

A few minutes later, Jake Erwin added to the Spartans comeback attempt with a goal to cut the deficit to 4-3 going into the second intermission.

But the Beacons proved to be too much for the Spartans by holding them scoreless in the third period.

The Beacons added another goal in the 7th minute of the third period to return the deficit to 2 and added insult to injury with an empty net goal in closing minutes of the third period to make the final score 6-3.

“We got into some penalty trouble and made a few crucial mistakes that cost us,” Silengo added.

UMass Boston improves to 11-9-1 on the season while the Spartans fall to 5-15-1 on the season.

“We definitely want to finish strong and solidify a spot in playoffs. We have three games left to tighten things up and then anything can happen once you make the post season,” Silengo said.

“We need to continue to tighten up our D-zone and work to manage the puck on a consistent basis,” Silengo named as keys to his team improving as the post season is approaching.

The Spartans will look to improve in those areas and return to action Saturday night with a rematch with top-ranked Norwich in the annual white out game at Spartan Arena.

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