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Ice Hockey Sees Three Game Win Streak End With 7-4 Setback To Southern Maine

Saturday, December 8, 2007
Walter Brown Arena, Boston, Mass.

BOSTON, Mass.--  Junior Kyle Smith (Auburn, Maine) and sophomore Pat Noonan (Burlington, Mass.) each netted a pair of goals as 10th-ranked Southern Maine presented Head Coach Jeff Beaney with his 200th career victory in a 7-4 non-league college ice hockey triumph over Suffolk Saturday evening at Walter Brown Arena.

The visiting Huskies (7-0-1) remained unbeaten in eight outings to date by scoring six power play goals on the night, as markers by Smith and Noonan that came 2:09 apart in the first period enabled Southern Maine to overcome a penalty shot conversion by junior John Rocchio (East Greenwich, R.I.) that had given the host Rams (7-4) an early 1-0 lead.  Senior Dan Pencinger (Randolph, N.J.) then netted two goals that came 2:28 apart to stake Suffolk to a 3-2 lead, but freshman Paul Conter’s (Woodbridge, Ont.) power play tally for the Huskies forged a 3-3 tie after 20 minutes of action.

Junior Kyle Cook’s (Chino Hills, Calif.) power play goal 3:54 into the middle stanza gave the Rams their final advantage of the night at 4-3, as junior Dan Gordon’s (Lynnfield, Mass.) unassisted marker evened matters for Southern Maine at the 12:44 mark and freshman John Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) provided what proved to be the game-winner for the visitors just over five minutes later.  Smith’s second power play goal of the night with 1:08 remaining in the second staked Southern Maine to a 6-4 lead after 40 minutes of play, and Noonan’s second man-advantage marker of the night with 8:54 remaining in the contest to give Beaney his milestone triumph in his 20th season on the bench.

Gordon, Conter and Rutt each finished with a goal and an assist in the win for Southern Maine, which also received two assists each off the sticks of senior Mike Stevens (Dover, N.H.), junior Eric Morgani (Reading, Mass.) and sophomore Chris Travis (Scituate, Mass.) as well as single helpers from junior Ben Loss (Wilmette, Ill.) and freshman Ryan Fader (Marblehead, Mass.).  Rocchio netted an assist to go with his penalty shot goal for Suffolk, which also received a pair of assists from senior Tim Dancey (Anaheim, Calif.) as well as single helpers from sophomore Brian Smusz (Daleville, Va.) and freshman Tom Coulstring (Whitman, Mass.).

Senior Ryan Sullivan (Newton, Mass.) picked up the win in goal for Southern Maine with a 13-save effort, while freshman Jeff Rose (Collinsville, Conn.) made a career-high 46 stops in 53-plus minutes of action in net for Suffolk, as junior Mark Grignon (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) made a pair of saves over the final 6:21 for the hosts.  The Huskies outshot the Rams by a 55-17 margin for the contest, including a 23-3 advantage in the middle period alone and a 40-7 edge over the final 40 minutes of play.

Suffolk will be idle until Friday, December 28th when the Rams face host UMass Boston in opening round play of the 43rd Codfish Bowl Invitational beginning at 5:00 p.m., while Southern Maine heads to Waterville Valley, N.H. next Saturday evening to take on Plymouth State in a non-league match-up that begins at 6:00 p.m.

1 2 3  Total
Southern Maine (7-0-1)    3 3 1 -    7
Suffolk (7-4)     3 1 0 -    4

SUF: John Rocchio (PENALTY SHOT)    6:05 1st
USM: Kyle Smith (Ryan Fader, Mike Stevens)  PPG   12:40 1st
USM: Pat Noonan (Ben Loss)  PPG     14:49 1st
SUF: Dan Pencinger (Brian Smusz, Tim Dancey)   15:36 1st
SUF: Pencinger (Tom Coulstring)     18:04 1st
USM: Paul Conter (Chris Travis, Eric Morgani)  PPG  19:30 1st
SUF: Kyle Cook (Dancey, Rocchio)  PPG    3:54 2nd
USM: Dan Gordon (Unassisted)     12:44 2nd
USM: John Rutt (Conter, Morgani)  PPG    17:55 2nd
USM: Smith (Stevens, Travis)  PPG     18:52 2nd
USM: Noonan (Rutt, Gordon)  PPG     11:06 3rd

USM: Brian Sullivan—13
SUF: Jeff Rose—46, Mark Grignon—2