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Ice Hockey Drops 5-1 ECAC Northeast Decision At Fitchburg State

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Wallace Civic Center, Fitchburg, Mass.

FITCHBURG, Mass.--  Senior Devan McConnell (Lake Stevens, Wash.) stopped 30 of 31 shots in goal as five different players scored to enable Fitchburg State to present Head Coach Dean Fuller with his 400th career victory in a 5-1 ECAC Northeast ice hockey triumph over Suffolk Saturday evening at the Wallace Civic Center.

The host Falcons (10-8-3, 6-4-2 ECAC Northeast) overcame an early 1-0 deficit by netting three goals in less than eight minutes in the opening stanza, as tallies off the sticks of juniors Matt Arsenault (Gardner, Mass.), Aaron Tiernan (Anchorage, Ak.) and John Coutts (Milford, Conn.) staked Fitchburg State to a 3-1 advantage after 20 minutes of action.  The hosts closed out the scoring with a pair of special teams tallies in the middle frame, as senior Stephen Schofield (Valley Village, Calif.) scored on shorthanded goal 2:35 into the second period and freshman John Goffredo (Washingtonville, N.Y.) closed out the scoring for the contest with a power play marker that came with 5:26 remaining in the middle stanza.

Arsenault finished with a goal and an assist in the win for Fitchburg State, which also received a pair of assists off the stick of senior Chris Fraterrigo (Laguna Hills, Calif.) as well as single helpers from juniors Bob Kalousian (Marlboro, Mass.) and Wayne Bonkowski (Onsted, Mich.), sophomores Christopher Brecken (Hudson, Mass.) and James Brooks (Pepperell, Mass.) as well as freshmen Andrew Jones (Franklin, Mass.) and Chris Riggs (Sewell, N.J.).

Freshman Tom Coulstring (Whitman, Mass.) provided the lone marker of the night in the setback for the visiting Rams (10-10, 8-3 ECAC Northeast), as his unassisted goal 1:57 into the game was his second tally of the season.  Freshman Jeff Rose (Collinsville, Conn.) made 32 stops in net in the setback for Suffolk as the Falcons outshot the Rams by a 37-31 margin for the contest.

Suffolk hosts Becker in an ECAC Northeast outing on Monday evening at Walter Brown Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m., while Fitchburg State heads to North Smithfield, R.I. on Wednesday evening to take on Johnson & Wales in an ECAC Northeast match-up that faces off at 7:55 p.m.

1 2 3  Total
Suffolk (10-10, 8-3 ECAC Northeast)   1 0 0 -    1
Fitchburg State (10-8-3, 6-4-2 ECAC Northeast) 3 2 0 -    5

SUF: Tom Coulstring (Unassisted)      1:57 1st
FSC: Matt Arsenault (Christopher Brecken, Bob Kalousian)  4:23 1st
FSC: Aaron Tiernan (Andrew Jones, Chris Fraterrigo)   10:42 1st
FSC: John Coutts (Zach Kulpa, James Brooks)    12:06 1st
FSC: Stephen Schofield (Arsenault, Wayne Bonkowski)  SHG  2:35 2nd
FSC: John Goffredo (Chris Riggs, Fraterrigo)  PPG    14:34 2nd

SUF: Jeff Rose—32
FSC: Devan McConnell—30