BOSTON, Mass. – With nine different players finding the back of the net, men's hockey (5-5-2) secured their place in the 47th Annual Codfish Bowl championship game as they blanked Southern New Hampshire University (1-11-1) by the final score of 9-0 Friday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.
Tomorrow's championship appearance marks the third straight for the Beacons under current head coach Peter Belisle. The 9-0 victory ranks second all-time in tournament history for most goals scored in a shutout win. The current record still stands at 10-0 and was set in 1981 by Norwich University.
From the opening face-off the Beacons completely dominated their New Hampshire opponents, to earn their third straight win. Corey Chakeen (Quincy, Mass.), who recently was featured in the Boston Globe ended the scoreless draw just over one minute into the first period. That goal would then catapult the Beacons to two more goals in the first five minutes and 17 seconds. UMass' second goal belonged to Rob Florentino on an unassisted play, while Chris Wyman knocked in his first goal of the season to close out the Beacons early offensive surge.
After the intermission, UMass Boston knocked in two more scores, before unloading their final four goals in the third period. Faiz Khan (Newhall, Calif.) and Jim Ennis (Roslindale, Mass.) were the two goal scorers in the second, while in the third it was Mike DeGrazia (Novi, Mich.), Anthony Fitti (Havertown, Pa.), Steve Weston (Henniker, N.H.), and Kyle Tejchma (Fruitport, Mich.) who each knocked in a goal of their own before the final horn. The offense which had a player from each line find the back of the net combined for 39 shots in the victory.
The Beacons defensive effort was just as impressive as they held Southern New Hampshire to just 10 shots on the day, with only one being recorded in the first period. Senior Kevin Bendel (Denville, N.J.) notched his second straight shutout after tallying just 10 stops.
UMass Boston's power-play was also on fully display as the Beacons netted three goals on eight of their man-up opportunities. Both goals in the second period were scored on the power-play, with their third one coming at the 4:13 mark in the final frame.
For Southern New Hampshire, goalies Tyler Holske and Max Paluszynski combined for 30 stops. Holske left the game after the Beacons third score of the opening period. Paluszynski closed out the afternoon, and played extremely hard against the never-ending barrage of shots from the Beacons.
Men's hockey returns to the ice tomorrow at 4 p.m. when they face Tufts University in the championship game of the 47th Annual Codfish Bowl. Tufts defeated Johnson and Wales University (R.I.) in a shootout in Friday's first game. The game officially ended a 3-3 draw, but it was the Jumbos that knocked in the only goal of the shootout to advance to their first tournament championship.