Historic Season Continues: Men’s Hockey to Play in NCAA Frozen Four on Friday

Colleen Locke | March 21, 2016
Senior Matt Lemire got UMass Boston on the board Saturday, scoring on a power play.

Senior Matt Lemire got UMass Boston on the board Saturday, scoring on a power play.
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Beacons Taking on St. Norbert College Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The men's hockey team is headed to the program's first NCAA Frozen Four. They are the first program in UMass Boston history to reach the Final Four in any sport, and they’ll be on ice with some history of its own.

UMass Boston will play St. Norbert College on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Herb Brooks Ice Arena in Lake Placid, the same arena where the “Miracle on Ice” took place in 1980. The Beacons punched their ticket to the semifinals with a 2-0 win in the quarterfinals over Hobart College on Saturday in Geneva, New York.

Senior Matt Lemire of Townsend and freshman Mike Thomson of Reading both found the back of the net for the Beacons. Senior goalie Billy Faust delivered his second straight shutout, posting a career-high 42 saves, and the Beacons didn’t allow a power play goal for the third straight game. Hobart College had been undefeated at home this season.

"I cannot thank my teammates enough for the hard work and the sacrifice they put in to support me defensively in order for us to shut out the past two teams in the playoffs," Faust said. "There are good vibes flowing out of each and every player on the team that fuels our energy levels throughout the games. I am happy to see all of our countless hours of hard work on and off the ice paying off and rewarding us with success."

“I was proud of our team defense, keeping them to the outside,” head coach Peter Belisle said after the game. “Our goaltender played obviously phenomenal, but I thought our defense was very solid, and I think it helped in the win.”

General admission tickets for Friday’s game are $22; tickets for students are $16. You can buy them online. The designated UMass Boston fan section is Section 16. A fan bus will be leaving UMass Boston at 1 p.m. on Friday. There are 50 seats available. You must sign up in the Athletics Department's main office in the Clark Athletic Center. A boxed lunch will be provided for those who take the bus. Fans who can’t make it out to the game can watch it on ncaa.com.

There will be a pep rally on Wednesday at 11 a.m. on the Campus Center Terrace.

About UMass Boston
The University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city's history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 11 colleges and graduate schools serve more than 17,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit www.umb.edu.

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