December 31, 2013

UMass Boston To Host 49th Annual Men's Hockey Codfish Bowl Tournament

BOSTON, Mass. - On January 5 the University of Massachusetts Boston will play host to the second oldest College Ice Hockey tournament in the country in the 49th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament.  The two-day tournament will feature the host Beacons of UMass Boston, the Rams of Suffolk University, the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire University, and the Jumbos of Tufts University. 

All games will be played in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena on the campus of UMass Boston.  The Beacons are looking to defend their title, which they won last year in convincing fashion defeating both Wentworth Institute of Technology and Johnson and Wales University (R.I.). 

In the opening round of this year's tournament it will be the Beacons taking on Suffolk University at 1 p.m., with Tufts set to face Southern New Hampshire at 4 p.m.  The two losing teams from the first day will play in the consolation game on January 6 with the puck scheduled to drop at 1 p.m.  The winning teams will advance to the championship round which will be played at 4 p.m.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, January 4
UMass Boston vs. Suffolk University, 1:00 p.m.
Tufts University (home team) vs. Southern New Hampshire University, 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 5
Consolation Game, 1:00 p.m.
Championship Game, 4:00 p.m.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Of the four teams in this year's tournament three have hoisted the prestigious Codfish cup in the Beacons, the Jumbos, and the Rams.  Southern New Hampshire is still looking for their first title in this year seventh tournament appearance.  Suffolk will be making their fifth appearance at the Codfish, while the Jumbos return to UMass Boston after winning the championship in 2011 in their first tournament appearance.  UMass is looking for their fifth crown and third under head coach Peter Belisle this weekend.

The Codfish Bowl Tournament began in 1965 and has served as one of the finest Division III hockey tournaments in the Northeast.  In 1965 Boston State College began a tradition of excellence when former athletic director James "Gus" Sullivan and legendary coach Ed Barry started a showcase for small schools in the region.

Boston State would win the first five titles, before Merrimack earned the trophy in 1970.  In 1982 when Boston State merged with UMass Boston, the Beacons continued the tradition, and quickly won the cup in 1983.  UMass would skate away with the championship in 1997, 2007, and most recently 2012. 

UMass Boston
Location: Boston, Mass.
Conference: ECAC East
Head Coach: Peter Belisle (8th season)
Tournament Appearances/Record: 32nd (28-32-2)
Overall Record: 7-1-2
Conference Record: 3-1-2

After starting the season off in a huge way, the Beacons will look to carry that momentum into the second half of the year as they host their annual tournament.  Currently ranked in the top-20 in Division III men's ice hockey, the Beacons have not dropped a contest since November 8 and are currently riding a nine-game unbeaten streak.  Prior to their break UMass unloaded a nine goal showing in a one-sided victory over Wentworth Institute.

Going into the tournament the Beacons have two players ranked in the top-12 in points per game in sophomore Peter MacIntyre (8 G, 10 A) and senior Travis Daniel (4 G, 11 A).  As a team the Beacons sit third in the country with their 4.60 goals per game and currently 15th in goals allowed with a mere 2.20 going into 2014. 

Just like the 2012-13 edition of the Beacons, this year's squad has dominated on special teams.  To date they are ranked fifth in power play goals having scored on 27.6% of their chances.  Their penalty kill sits in the top-30, and currently has two shorthanded goals.  Netminder Zach Andrews has played almost every single minute this season and sits 17th overall with a 2.04 goals against average.  He is also 19th in DIII with a .926 save percentage and 16th with a .800 winning percentage (7-1-2).

Suffolk University
Location: Boston, Mass.
Conference: ECAC Northeast
Head Coach: Chris Glionna (6th season)
Tournament Appearances: 5th (3-5)
Overall Record: 4-5-1
Conference Record: 2-2-1

For the Rams of Suffolk University they are looking to get the 2014 portion of their schedule started in a big way.  The end of the 2013 slate was a tough one for the Rams as they won just one of the five games played prior to their winter break.  They also managed a 3-3 draw with conference opponent Becker College on November 23.  Their lone win came in the form of a 4-1 decision over Division II Franklin Pierce University on December 7.

Going into the Codfish Bowl, freshman forward Simon Leahy leads his squad with eight points and is second in goals scored with five.  Tim Sprague sits second with seven points and leads the team in tallies with six.  Jon Stauffer has stepped as the Rams top playmaker having finished 2013 with a combined six assists.  Between the pipes Brandon Smolarek has seen a majority of the minutes and currently carries a 4-4-1 record into the Codfish.  To date he has posted 247 saves and has a .908 save percentage and a .301 goals against average.

Tufts University
Location: Medford, Mass.
Conference: New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)
Head Coach: Brian Murphy (15th season)
Tournament Appearances: 2nd (2-0)
Overall Record: 2-7-0
Conference Record: 1-5-0

The 2013-14 season has been a tough one for the Jumbos of Tufts University having won just two games to end 2013.  Tufts did not get into the win column until their sixth game of the year when they defeated ECAC East opponent Castleton State College by the score of 4-3.  Their second win came in the form of a 5-2 NESCAC victory over Colby College. 

Despite the two wins, the Jumbos have seen a variety of players find the back of the net this season.  Going into the Codfish Bowl, Kyle Gallegos leads his team with five goals and seven points.  Keith Campbell has dished out five assists in the first nine games played.  Tyler Voigt and Stewart Bell are each tied with six points and both have one power play goal to their credit.  Ryan Kellenberger has served as Tufts go-to netminder as the freshman has played a total of 531 minutes.  In that time he has registered 301 saves and currently sits with a .893 save percentage.

Southern New Hampshire University
Location: Hooksett, N.H.
Conference: Northeast-10 (Division II)
Head Coach: Ken Hutchins (7th season)
Tournament Appearances: 7th (3-9)
Overall Record: 7-4-1
Conference Record: 2-1-0

After a redhot start to the season in which they went 7-1, the Penmen hit a wall to close out 2013 dropping three of their last four contests.  In that span they were outscored 15-9, but did manage a 5-5 draw with Nichols College on December 4.  Following a7-3 setback in their opener, SNHU fired off seven straight victories, with two of those coming in Northeast-10 conference play.

Sophomore forward Joe Collins has proven to be the Penmen's offensive leader with his 12 goals and 19 points.  Behind him Jim Gabrione sits with seven goals and nine assists, and is perhaps SNHU's most balanced player to date.  Defenseman Casey Goll has shown that he can share the puck with the best of them, as he handed out 11 assists in the first 12 games of his junior campaign.  Tyler Holske has played a total of 602 minutes in goal for SNHU and sits with a .901 save percentage is allowing just under three goals a game as he gets ready for 2014.  He owns five of the Penmen's victories with the other two going to sophomore Dave Letarte.