SUFFOLK ICE HOCKEY
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Hetland Arena, New Bedford, Mass.
FINAL: SUFFOLK 3, UMASS DARTMOUTH 1
NEW BEDFORD, Mass.-- Sophomore Nick Davis’s (Pittsburgh, Pa.) power play goal with 2:24 remaining proved to be the game-winner as Suffolk won the battle for second place in the ECAC Northeast standings and remained unbeaten in league play with a 3-1 victory over defending conference tournament champion UMass Dartmouth Wednesday evening at Hetland Arena.
The visiting Rams (10-7, 8-0 ECAC Northeast) pulled to within a point of first place Curry in the league standings with the triumph, their first over the host Corsairs (9-7-1, 7-2 ECAC Northeast) in seven years, as the last Suffolk win in the series between the two schools came on January 23, 2001 with a 7-5 victory at Walter Brown Arena.
The two teams traded markers in the final 3:57 of the opening stanza, as senior Paul Garabedian (Belmont, Mass.) tallied on the power play to give UMass Dartmouth the early edge before sophomore Mike Mondello (Revere, Mass.) evened matters for Suffolk just 1:46 later. The score remained that way for the next 39-plus minutes of action before Davis netted the game-winner on the man advantage for the Rams, and sophomore Brian Smusz (Daleville, Va.) provided an insurance goal with an empty-netter for the visitors with 45 seconds remaining to account for the final score.
Freshman Jeff Rose (Collinsville, Conn.) picked up his 10th win of the season between the pipes for Suffolk, as he stopped 31 of 32 shots he faced on the evening, including 16 in the second period alone when UMass Dartmouth held a 16-3 advantage in that department. Rose stopped the final 27 shots he saw on the night and also recorded his fifth assist on the season when he set up Smusz’s empty-net tally.
“I can’t say enough about the way we played tonight on both ends,” Suffolk Head Coach Chris Glionna said after the victory. “We were limited in shots, but we took advantage when we had opportunities, and the defense was very solid. Jeff (Rose) had another big game for us, and to keep a high scoring team like UMass Dartmouth to one goal speaks volumes about our effort.”
Davis and freshman Jamie Armstrong (Lincoln, Calif.) registered assists on Mondello’s goal for Suffolk, while juniors Alex Olson (Hingham, Mass.) and Kyle Cook (Chino Hills, Calif.) picked up the helpers on Davis’s game-winner. Senior Tyler Crocker (Wakefield, Mass.) and freshman Mickey Dudley (Douglas, Mass.) assisted on Garabedian’s marker for the Corsairs.
Junior Jeff Green (Medway, Mass.) made 11 saves in net in the setback for UMass Dartmouth in 59-plus minutes of action in allowing just two goals, as the Corsairs finished with a 32-14 advantage in shots on goal for the contest.
Suffolk, which has now reached double digits in the win column for the first time since the 2003-2004 campaign, heads to Bridgewater, Mass. on Saturday afternoon to take on Stonehill in an ECAC Northeast outing that faces off at 1:40 p.m., while UMass Dartmouth hosts Fitchburg State in an ECAC Northeast match-up on Saturday afternoon at Hetland Arena that begins at 4:30 p.m.
1 2 3 Total
Suffolk (10-7, 8-0 ECAC Northeast) 1 0 2 - 3
UMass Dartmouth (9-7-1, 7-2 ECAC Northeast) 1 0 0 - 1
UMD: Paul Garabedian (Mickey Dudley, Tyler Crocker) PPG 16:03 1st
SUF: Mike Mondello (Jamie Armstrong, Nick Davis) 17:49 1st
SUF: Davis (Alex Olson, Kyle Cook) PPG 17:36 3rd
SUF: Brian Smusz (Jeff Rose) ENG 19:15 3rd
SUF: Jeff Rose—31
UMD: Jeff Green—11