FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Led by senior forward Anthony Fitti's (Havertown, Pa.) hat trick and two assists, men's hockey (2-4-0) got some frustrations out, as they completely dominated the Rams of Framingham State University (0-4-0) scoring nine times to earn a 9-1 non-conference victory Tuesday evening.
The single-game production by Fitti, marked a career high for the Pennsylvania native, who scored one goal in each period, while also assisting the Beacons first two goals. For the second straight game senior Jim Ennis (Roslindale, Mass.) also found the back of the net twice, this time scoring the first goal of the night, and the first goal of the second period on the power-play.
Between the pipes Alex Scola (Exeter, N.H.) notched his second win of the season after totaling 11 saves in 40 minutes of action. Matt Meisenbacher (Basking Ridge, N.J.) made his collegiate debut in the third period, and closed out the final 20 minutes of play with a combined six saves.
On the day, the Beacons were 3-for-5 on the power-play, while their penalty kill held Framingham State scoreless on their four man-up opportunities. UMass Boston combined for 50 shots in the win, while holding the Rams to just 18.
Tuesday's contest got off to a great start for UMass Boston as they scored four goals in the first 20 minutes of play. Two of those goals came in the first six minutes of play. They then tacked on their third at 9:23, and finally their fourth at 17:34. Framingham State would get their lone goal in the first period at 9:40 from Eric Ward. Besides Ennis and Fitti, Andrew Burke (Southampton, Pa.) and Mike DeGrazia (Novi, Mich.) also found the back of the net to give the Beacons the early lead.
Fitti and Ennis along with Chris Preziosi (Lake Hiawatha, N.J.) would blow the game wide-open in the second, as each player found the back of the net once to make it 7-1 in favor of UMass Boston. The final period would belong to Fitti and Taylor Juneau (Chazy, N.Y.) as the Beacons cruised to the 9-1 victory.
Men's hockey returns to action on Saturday when they face Worcester State University in the first-round of the PAL Tournament, hosted by Southern New Hampshire University. Start time for their game is set for 4:30 p.m. Live stats will be available for the entire tournament for anyone unable to make the trip to Manchester, New Hampshire.