In just its second full season of existence the 1981-82 UMassBoston Men's Ice Hockey Team enjoyed one magical season, winningthe ECAC Division III championship, while posting a school-best24-3 (.889) record. The title was the first of any sport at UMB.The campaign was full of inspiring victories for the Beacons asthey began the season 4-0, but fell to Division I Army, only toavenge the setback with a 7-5 comeback win at West Point during aschool-record 11-game winning streak. UMass Boston would also comefrom behind to defeat Division II Norwich, 5-3, and later pulledout a 5-4 triumph over Amherst after being down 4-1 going into thethird period.
The Beacons closed out their season with nine consecutive wins,including a 5-4 overtime victory over defending ECAC championBentley to set the tone for the ECAC playoffs. UMass Boston soundlydefeated Amherst in the rubber game of their season series, 8-3,and followed with a convincing 4-1 win over Bentley to capture theECAC crown behind tournament Most Valuable Player, Don Perdios'four goals in the tournament. UMB's high-powered offense featured atrio of outstanding freshman forwards, who all racked up 50 or morepoints on the season. Joe McCafferty, who shined all season for theBeacons, established still standing school records in points (77)and goals (42) and tallied an amazing 12 hat tricks for anotherschool mark. The ECAC Rookie of the Year was also selected to theECAC All-Star squad after leading all league players with 54 pointswithin the conference. Classmate Mark Moran also made an immediateimpact, cashing in with 67 points on 32 goals and 35 assists, whileJoe Bulens netted 23 goals to go with 28 assists for 51 points.Junior Andy Anisimov split the net duties with sophomore PaulMorrissette. Anisimov's 2.66 goals against average still ranks asthe lowest mark in UMass Boston history and Morrissette's stingy2.23 GAA in ECAC play was the lowest of any ECAC goaltender.
Members of the team include: Andy Anisimov, Joe Bulens, DanCronin, Joe Curran, Dennis Doherty (captain), Rich Doherty, BillDriscoll, Rich Ernest, Sean Feeney, Rick Greene, Tim Hoey, EricIlowski, Mike Kennedy, Bill Lennon, Joe McCafferty, Steve McManus,Keith Moran, Mark Moran, John Morgan, Paul Morrissette, JerryO'Connell, Don Perdios, Louie Roberto, Dave Smith, Ken White, HeadCoach Joe Mallen and Assistant Coach James Pontremoli.