January 13, 2012

Men's Hockey Earns Conference Win over St. Michael's College

BOSTON, Mass. – Led by freshman goaltender Alex Scola's (Exeter, N.H.) 28 saves, men's hockey (6-6-2, 2-5-0 ECAC East) defeated St. Michael's College (3-7-2, 1-5-1 ECAC East) by the final score of 3-1 Friday evening in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.

Leading the Beacons on the scoreboard was senior Chris Wyman (Bartlett, Ill.) who skated away with a goal and an assist.  Also finding the back of the net in Friday's conference win was Kyle Tejchma (Fruitport, Mich.) his third of the season and Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) his first.

Men's hockey as a whole dominated a majority of the play in the Clark Athletic Center.  The Beacons finished 1-for-6 on the power-play, while their penalty kill did not surrender a goal, as St. Michael's ended the game 0-for-4 on the man-up opportunities.  Perhaps the defense's most impressive performance came in the final five minutes of play, when they killed off a five minute major penalty to seal the victory.

On the night, UMass Boston outshot their conference rivals 41-29 in a very physical affair.  In total the two teams combined for 15 penalties respectively. 

The Beacons go on the scoreboard midway through the opening frame, when Tejchma drove home the night's first goal with help from Wyman and Tim Richter (Naugatuck, Conn.).  Those first 20 minutes of play favored UMass Boston, as they held St. Michael's to just seven shots, while tallying 19 of their own.

After the first intermission, St. Michael's appeared to wake-up offensively as UMass managed to outshoot the Purple Knights 13-12.  Netting the second goal of the night was Wyman, on the power-play.  Cameron Harvey (Bow, N.H.) and Faiz Khan (Newhall, Calif.) assisted on the play to make it a two goal game.

Going into the third, St. Michael's came out firing, but the Beacons defense held strong for the final 20 minutes of play.  Grinhaus pretty much sealed the win for UMass Boston at 7:06 mark when he pushed the puck past St. Michael's goalie Mike Dizgun.

However, despite being down by three goals St. Michael's did not go quietly scoring their only goal of the game at the 10:43 mark.  Now down by two the Purple Knights increased the pressure and their intensity.  The final nine minutes of play were truly the most physical of Friday's contest as both teams dished out hard hits all over the ice. 

St. Michael's best opportunity to make it a one goal game was when the Beacons were slapped with a five minute major for contact to the head.  Looking to use this penalty to their advantage the Purple Knights went into overdrive offensively.  However the Beacons defense, like it had all evening, remained strong and deflected the puck away from the goal numerous times.

Men's hockey returns to action tomorrow when they host the number one ranked Cadets of Norwich University at 3 p.m. in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.