Men's Hockey Soars Into The National Polls After Codfish Bowl Championship

Men's Hockey Soars Into The National Polls After Codfish Bowl Championship

BOSTON, Mass.—For the second time this season UMass Boston Men's Hockey is nationally ranked after taking home the 48th Annual Codfish Bowl Championship Sunday.

The Beacons were ranked 13th in the Top 15 poll and came in at number 16 in the Division III poll. Each ranking represents a program record, as UMass Boston had entered the polls for the first time at number 14 in December and the 30 votes in the poll is a new program high.

This marks the second time the Beacons have been ranked under head coach Peter Belisle in his seven-year tenure.

UMass Boston is riding a seven-game winning streak and their eight-game unbeaten run is the best since a nine-game mark during the 1981-82 season. The eight-game streak is the second longest current streak nationally-behind only #4 Bowdoin's 12-game run. Over the course of the eight-game streak, the Beacons have outscored their opponents to 41-21 and have won the P.A.L. Stovepipe Tournament Classic and the Codfish Bowl Tournament.

As a team the Beacons are second in the country with 5.17 goals per game and own the nation's best power-play with a 38.1 percent conversion rate.

Senior forward Mike DeGrazia (Novi, Mich.) has led the way offensively, with his  national best 2.08 points per game and 1.00 goals per game. Linemate Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) is fourth in the country with 1.92 points per game and is tied for second in the country with his four game-winning goals.

Senior defenseman Rob Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.) leads the country with 1.50 points per game, while all six UMB defenseman recorded at least one point during the Codfish Bowl Tournament.

No player has made a bigger improvement than Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla), the Beacons freshman goaltender. Andrews has started in each of the last six games and put together a 6-0-0 record with a .900 save percentage and a 2.16 goals against average.