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Ice Hockey Works Overtime, Advances To ECAC Northeast Semis By Topping Wentworth 3-2 In League Quarterfinals

2008 ECAC Northeast Quarterfinals   
Sunday, March 2, 2008      
Matthews Arena, Boston, Mass.


BOSTON, Mass.--  Junior Kyle Cook’s (Chino Hills, Calif.) goal 4:49 into overtime lifted fifth-seeded Suffolk to a 3-2 victory over fourth-seeded Wentworth in quarterfinal round play of the 2008 ECAC Northeast Ice Hockey Championships Sunday evening at Matthews Arena.

The visiting Rams, who improve to 13-13 overall with their first-ever ECAC Northeast playoff triumph, advance to take on third-seeded Nichols (19-6-1) in ECAC Northeast semi-final round action on Wednesday evening at Jahn Rink in Pomfret, Conn. beginning at 7:00 p.m., as the Bison advanced with a 5-1 triumph over sixth-seeded Becker on Saturday evening.

Cook converted passes from senior Dan Pencinger (Randolph, N.J.) and sophomore Nick Davis (Pittsburgh, Pa.) for what proved to be his 100th career point for Suffolk, which forced the extra session 7:16 into the third period when freshman Paul Weisser (Longmeadow, Mass.) netted a power play tally on a feed from freshman Paul Scola (Burlington, Mass.) to even the score at 2-2.  The host Leopards, who finish the season at 11-14-1 overall, grabbed a 2-0 lead 6:38 into the middle stanza on goals off the sticks of sophomore Jeff Olitch (Calgary, Alta.) and freshman Geric Brodt (Anchorage, Ak.), but junior Michael Bourque (Waltham, Mass.) sliced the Ram deficit in half with a marker that came 8:10 into the second frame, setting up Weisser’s tying goal and Cook’s game-winner for the visitors.

Freshman Zach Scienzo (Concord, N.H.) picked up an assist on Bourque’s goal in the win for Suffolk, while seniors Matt Koehler (Pembroke, Mass.) and Jeff Oddleifson (North Vancouver, B.C.), junior Derek Rupert (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman Jeff Fedyk (Calgary, Alta.) notched helpers in the setback for Wentworth.

Freshman Jeff Rose (Collinsville, Conn.) posted his 13th victory of the season with his fourth 40-save performance between the pipes for Suffolk, including three point blank stops in the overtime period alone.  Sophomore Justin Marriott (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) made 25 saves in goal in the setback for Wentworth as the Leopards outshot the Rams by a 42-28 margin for the contest.

Suffolk and Nichols will meet for the second time this season in Wednesday’s semi-final round match-up, as the Bison notched a 2-1 overtime triumph over the Rams back on February 16th at Jahn Rink.  Wednesday’s other league semi-final contest will pit second-seeded UMass Dartmouth hosting eighth-seeded Fitchburg State in New Bedford, Mass. beginning at 7:30 p.m., and the two semi-final winners meet for the 2008 ECAC Northeast Championship on Saturday.

1 2 3 OT Total
Suffolk (13-13)     0 1 1 1   -    3 
Wentworth (11-14-1)    1 1 0 0   -    2

WIT: Jeff Olitch (Derek Rupert, Jeff Oddleifson)  PPG   13:39 1st
WIT: Geric Brodt (Matt Koehler, Jeff Fedyk)    6:38 2nd
SUF: Michael Bourque (Zach Scienzo)    8:10 2nd
SUF: Paul Weisser (Paul Scola)  PPG     7:16 3rd
SUF: Kyle Cook (Dan Pencinger, Nick Davis)    4:49 OT

SUF: Jeff Rose—40
WIT: Justin Marriott—25