BOSTON, Mass.—For the first time in program history, UMass Boston men's hockey can lay claim to back-to-back Codfish Bowl Tournament Titles, after the Beacons (9-1-2) knocked off Southern New Hampshire University (8-5-1) 6-2 Sunday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.
A year after earning their first title since 2007, the Beacons cruised to the 49th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament Title with a 10-1 victory over Suffolk University Saturday and a 6-2 win over the Penmen in the title game.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) registered two goals for the second-straight day to lead UMass Boston to their seventh-straight victory. MacIntyre was joined on the All-Tournament Team by fellow first-liner Nathan Milam (Westland, Mich.) and sophomore goalie Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.).
MacIntyre, Milam and captain Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) combined for four of the Beacons' goals and added three assists in the victory. Daniel was named the Lawrence F. Curran Award winner. The award has been given out each year since 1983 in remembrance of Lawrence F. Curran, an former assistant coach and avid supporter of the program. Each year, the award is given to the player who best exemplifies true sportsmanship and competition over the course of the two-day tournament.
In net, Andrews made 33 saves on 35 shots to earn All-Tournament honors for the second consecutive Codfish Bowl.
Joe Collins led the Penmen for the second consecutive day with two assists, while Dane Caracino and Steven Berry each added third-period tallies. Senior goalie Tyler Holske stopped 30 of 36 shots to fall to 6-5-1 on the year.
UMass Boston grabbed control of the game in the first period, as they used three goals in the first 13:52 to take the large Penmen contingent out of the contest.
Milam opened the scoring at 4:20 of the period, when he scored the first of two UMass Boston power-play tallies with a snipe through traffic, off of passes from Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) and Tyler Bishop (Ramsey, N.J.).
MacIntyre added to the lead at 8:08, when he received passes from Daniel and Dan Cornell (Abington, Mass.) before burying a shot past Holske.
The Beacons pushed the lead to 3-0 at the 13:52 mark, when Boyd picked up his second collegiate goal. Boyd sent a hard shot through traffic right off the face-off, off a Colucci face-off win.
UMass Boston made it 4-0 just 24 seconds into the second, as MacIntyre registered his tournament-high fourth goal of the weekend on passes from Daniel and Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
After a quiet next 20 minutes, Colucci put the game out of reach. Mike Miller (Wrentham, Mass.) sent a pass forward to Albee Daley (Averill Park, N.Y.) who skated through the slot before sending a perfect pass to Colucc,i who finished with a tip shot past Holske before hitting hard into the boards.
Southern New Hampshire answered back with two goals within a three-minute span, as Caracino scored on the power-play and Berry added an even-strength goal at 12:17.
With their lead cut to 5-2 and the momentum shifting the other way, Daniel stemmed the tide, as Milam won a face-off and sent it right back to Daniel, who rifled a shot past Holske for a 6-2 lead.
The Beacons outshot the Penmen 36-35, while scoring on 2-of-8 power-play opportunities, compared to 1-for-4 for the visitors.
UMass Boston will return to action Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. when the Beacons travel to Fenway Park to take on Salem State University. Tickets are still available online at: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ticketing/frozenfenway.jsp.
Nathan Milam - UMass Boston
Zach Andrews - UMass Boston
Joe Collins - Southern New Hampshire University
Jim O'Connor - Southern New Hampshire University
Dan Mazzei - Suffolk University
Greg Jenkins - Tufts University
Tournament MVP - Peter MacIntyre - UMass Boston
Curran Award Winner - Travis Daniel - UMass Boston
|Tournament MVP Peter MacIntyre with
Vice Chancellor Charlie Titus
|All-Tournament Team selection Zach Andrews|
|All-Tournament Team selection Nathan Milam|
|Curran Award Recipient Travis Daniel|
|Seniors (L to R) Mark Grinhaus, Travis Daniel, and Cam Harvey with the Codfish Championship Cup|