1967-68 Men's Ice Hockey
1967-68 Men's Ice Hockey

Boston State College has produced its share of great teams, but it wasn't until the 1967-68 Boston State College Men's Ice Hockey Team that the school would see its athletes compete in the national semifinals. The Warriors finished with a 16-9-1 record for Head Coach Ed Barry that season and defeated Salem State College, 4-3, on Captain Bob Cunio's overtime goal to capture the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Eastern Regional Championship and earn the right to represent the East in the inaugural NAIA National Championship in Saint Paul, MN. Boston State would join Bemidji State College, Lake Superior State College and Gustavus Adolphus College in the final four, before falling to Bemidji State in the semifinals and Gustavus Adolphus in the consolation game to finish fourth in the nation. The Warriors enjoyed some memorable victories along the way that year, winning the Third Annual Codfish Bowl with a 5-4 triumph over University of Massachusetts Amherst, behind the goaltending of tournament Most Valuable Player, Bill Berglund. Boston State also took down Division II national powerhouses University of Vermont, Norwich University, Oswego State and Bowdoin College. The team's offense averaged over five goals per game and was led by sensational leading scorer Terry Barry (20-19-39), Cunio (18-20-38), Dick Leahy (16-19-35), Edward Sullivan (15-14-29), Dick Kelley (7-21-28), Bob Russell (13-14-27) and Gerry Geary (10-14-24). The defense, anchored by Berglund, an NAIA All-American, allowed just three goals per outing. Berglund was backed by a defensive unit that included Wayne Starkey, Kelley, Richard Craven, Joseph Campbell, Lamont Barry and one of the best checking lines in the nation with Joseph McLean, David Crusco and Timothy Murphy. Other members of the team included George Anastas, Jim Danahy, Carl DeSimone, Howard Duvall, Ronald Favreau, Paul Lentini, Kevin McLatchy, John Wappel and team managers Peter Golden and Robert Reardon.