BOSTON, Mass.—Four different players scored twice, to lead #7/9 UMass Boston past #17 Williams College 9-3 in the first game of the 53rd Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament.
#7/9 UMass Boston 9, #17/17 Williams College 3
(UMass Boston 11-3)
(Williams College 5-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.), Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.), Tyler Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) and Jack Riley (Wrentham, Mass.) all scored twice in the win to setup a rematch of last year's Codfish Bowl Title Game.
The Beacons will play #20 Salve Regina University at 4 p.m., after the Seahawks downed #2/7 Adrian College 6-2 in game number two of the day. Salve Regina defeated the Beacons 3-2 a year ago, behind a two-goal third period and 47-save performance from tournament MVP Blake Wojtala.
Larkin provided the scoring early, as he netted two of the Beacons three goals in the first period, and finished with a team-best four points.
Albano added the game-winning goal and three points, while Riley and Sifferlen teamed up for four goals and one assist on the third line. Their third linemate, David MacGregor (Azusa, Calif.), paced the Beacons with three assists.
Sophomore Dominic Blad (Springfield, Mass.) was the final goal scorer, as he netted his first collegiate goal with 2:53 to play in regulation.
In net, Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made 22 saves on 25 shots to improve to 10-1 on the season.
Roberto Cellini led the Ephs with a goal and an assist in the loss. Jack McCool and C.J. Shugart also scored for Williams who suffered their third-straight loss after a 5-0 start to the year.
All three Williams' goalies played in the loss, and the trio combined for 33 saves on 42 shots.
The Beacons needed just 50 seconds to score their first goal of the day. Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) found a wide-open Garrison Sanipass (Northbrook, Ill.) in the slot, but Sanipass' shot went just wide. The rebound caromed directly back to the front of the net for an easy wrister into an open net for Larkin.
Riley made it 2-0 at 8:19, when MacGregor won an offensive zone draw back to him and he wristed a shot through Michael Pinios' five-hole.
Cellini gave Williams life when he tipped home a Paul Christie goal at 15:06, but Larkin would have a late answer. Just 13 seconds after the Beacons earned the first power play, Larkin rifled a shot past Pinios at 19:30. Sanipass and Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) earned assists on the play.
The two teams played a very even second period, but UMass Boston stretched their lead out with another late power-play goal. This time it was Albano scoring with just 3.4 seconds left, with Bross and Larkin chipping in with assists.
UMass Boston stretched their lead to 5-1 at the 2:34 mark of the third, with Sifferlen scoring off an Albano pass.
The Beacons gave Williams a little bit of life moments later, as they were whistled for back-to-back penalties. McCool made the Beacons pay, as he scored just moments after the conclusion of the first penalty.
Sifferlen made it 6-2 two minutes later (6:37) and Albano potted his second power-play goal of the day at 7:41.
Shugart scored on a breakway at 13:12 to cut the deficit back to 7-3, but Riley answered back at 16:07 to push the lead back to five.
Blad scored one of the best goals of the entire day at 17:07, when the sophomore ripped a shot just underneath the bar for his first collegiate tally.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston improves to 4-16 all-time against the Ephs and picked up their second win in the past three meetings. The two teams are now tied 1-1 all-time in Codfish Bowl play, after Williams earned a win back in 1993.
- The Beacons outshot the Ephs 42-25 and earned a 36-33 edge in face-offs. UMass Boston went 3-for-5 on the power play, while holding Williams to a 1-for-6 mark.
- With his four-point day, Larkin moves into a tie for fourth all-time in program history with 129 points (54 goals, 75 assists). He is currently tied with Chris Spillane ('88) for fourth-place all-time.
- Eight different Beacons finished with multiple points in the win.
- For the second-straight year, UMass Boston scored nine goals in their Codfish Bowl opener.
#7/9 UMass Boston will host #20 Salve Regina University in the 53rd Annual Codfish Bowl Title Game at 4 p.m. The Beacons will be looking for their sixth title and first since 2013, while Salve Regina will try to become the just second team in Codfish Bowl history to win the tournament in each of their first two appearances. Boston State College was the host and won each of the first five titles from 1965-69.