BOSTON, Mass. - A seven goal second period would be all that the 16th/17th ranked men's ice hockey team would need as they cruised to a 10-1 victory over Suffolk University in the first round of the 49th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament Saturday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.
With the victory, the Beacons advance to the championship round of this year's Codfish Bowl tournament as they look to defend their title from a year ago. Saturday's win moved the Beacons to 8-1-2 on the year, while the Rams fell to 4-6-1 overall in the first meeting between the two squads since 2009.
In total 15 of the 18 players that dressed in the first round game registered at-least one point for a combined 28 points in the lopsided victory. Included in the win was a pair of shorthanded goals, one power play, and a run of seven unanswered goals before Suffolk was able to find their first of the day.
After a quiet first period which saw Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) register the only goal, the second got off to a much more explosive start. Less than six minutes in Tyler Bishop (Ramsey, N.J.) recorded his first collegiate shorthanded goal to make it 2-0 in favor of the Beacons. That score would open the flood gates as UMass registered five more goals before the 10 minute mark. In that flurry UMass saw goals from Nathan Milam (Westland, Mich.), Cody Dixon (Hales Corners, Wis.), and Peter Macintyre (Norfolk, Mass.) twice.
Kit Sitterley (Mooresville, N.C.) made it 7-0 at 12:57 after firing home his fifth goal of the season. Carmen Mastrangelo scored the lone goal for the Rams, but his effort was too little too late. UMass would score one more in the second and two in the third to skate away with the win.
Milam scored the final tally of the second, while Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) started the third off with a shorthanded goal. Mike Miller (Wrentham, Mass.) put the final nail in the coffin at 15:15 with his second goal of the season.
Between the pipes Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Matt Meisenbacher (Basking Ridge, N.J.) totaled 19 saves respectively, while Suffolk's Brandon Smolarek and Brett Roman finished with 43 saves. The Beacons outshot Suffolk 53-20 and were 1-for-4 on the power-play. Suffolk went 0-for-8 in the loss.
Men's Hockey returns to action tomorrow at 4 p.m. when they take on the winner of Southern New Hampshire University/Tufts University.