January 15, 2013

Men's Hockey Breaks Into USCHO.com Top-15

BOSTON, Mass. – For the first time in the history of the UMass Boston men's ice hockey program, the Beacons have broken into the top-15 of the USCHO.com national poll.  The Beacons are currently 15th on this week's poll, and are also ranked 18th on the most recent D3Hockey.com Top-15 poll as well.

This season has truly been one for the record books for head Peter Belisle and his squad.  Prior to Friday's tough ECAC East loss to second ranked Norwich University, the Beacons had an unbeaten streak of eight straight games (7-0-1) dating back to November 17.

During their hot streak, UMB outscored their opponents 45-25 and currently remain one of the top scoring teams in all of Division III men's hockey as they are averaging 5.2 goals per game.

Following Friday's loss to the Cadets, the Beacons bounced back in big way as they defeated St. Michael's College by the final of 10-3.  Saturday's win marked the first 10 goal performance by UMass since the 1996-97 season. 

Last week, UMass was ranked 13th on the D3Hockey.com and 16th on USCHO.com.  The Beacons will play three games this week, two of which will be on their home ice.  The action starts tonight at 7 p.m. when they host Southern New Hampshire University.  They will then travel to St. Anselm College on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest, before returning home for Saturday's 3 p.m. match-up with New England College.