BOSTON, Mass.-- Junior Kyle Cook (Chino Hills, Calif.) netted a pair of goals and added an assist for three points to back a 33-save effort in goal by freshman Jeff Rose (Collinsville, Conn.) as Suffolk opened its ECAC Northeast ice hockey slate by notching a 5-3 victory over Wentworth Tuesday evening at Matthews Arena.
The win enabled the visiting Rams (3-1, 1-0 ECAC Northeast), off to their best start in five seasons, to end a 10-game winless skein against the host Leopards (2-2, 2-1 ECAC Northeast), as Wentworth had gone 9-0-1 in the series between the two schools since the last Suffolk triumph, a 7-4 decision back on November 23, 1996.
Freshman Paul Weisser (Longmeadow, Mass.) staked the Rams to an early 1-0 lead just 5:11 into the contest before Cook, who was named earlier in the day as the ECAC Northeast Player of the Week after netting nine points in three games, netted his fifth goal of the season on the power play just 1:27 later to extend the visitors’ edge to 2-0.
Senior Matt Koehler (Pembroke, Mass.) sliced Wentworth’s deficit in half with 27 seconds to play in the opening stanza and evened matters at 2-2 4:18 into the final period after the two teams played a scoreless middle frame. Cook gave Suffolk the lead for good just 2:29 after Koehler’s equalizer, and sophomore Nick Davis (Pittsburgh, Pa.) extended the Rams’ edge to 4-2 with a power play goal that came with 8:26 remaining.
Freshman Tyler Medeiros (Somerset, Mass.) notched a power play goal of his own just 2:06 later to enable the Leopards to creep back to within one, but senior Tim Dancey’s (Anaheim, Calif.) empty-netter with 33 seconds to play iced the Suffolk triumph.
Davis, Dancey and Weisser each added single assists in the win for the Rams, who also received helpers off the sticks of senior Dan Pencinger (Randolph, N.J.), junior John Rocchio (East Greenwich, R.I.) and junior Michael Bourque (Waltham, Mass.). Freshman Jeff Fedyk (Calgary, Alta.) added three assists in the setback for Wentworth, which also received a pair of helpers from freshman Geric Brodt (Anchorage, Ak.) as well as a single assist from sophomore Jeff Olitch (Calgary, Alta.).
Rose improved to 3-0 on the season with his career-high in saves in the win for Suffolk, while sophomore Justin Marriott (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) also made 33 stops in net for Wentworth as the Rams outshot the Leopards by a 38-36 margin for the contest.
Suffolk heads to North Smithfield, R.I. on Friday evening to take on Johnson & Wales in an ECAC Northeast outing that begins at 7:55 p.m., while Wentworth travels to Winchendon, Mass. on Saturday afternoon to take on Franklin Pierce in an ECAC Northeast match-up that faces-off at 1:30 p.m.
SUF: Paul Weisser (Kyle Cook, Tim Dancey) 5:11 1st
SUF: Cook (John Rocchio, Dan Pencinger) PPG 6:38 1st
WIT: Matt Koehler (Geric Brodt, Jeff Fedyk) 19:33 1st
WIT: Koehler (Fedyk, Brodt) 4:18 3rd
SUF: Cook (Nick Davis, Weisser) 6:47 3rd
SUF: Davis (Michael Bourque) PPG 11:34 3rd
WIT: Tyler Medeiros (Fedyk, Jeff Olitch) PPG 13:40 3rd
SUF: Dancey (Unassisted) ENG 19:27 3rd
SUF: Jeff Rose—33
WIT: Justin Marriott—33