Jan. 8, 2011
BOSTON, MA - Junior forward Chris Wyman (Bartlett, IL) tallied a season-high three points, including a pair of goals to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey team over visiting Tufts University, 7-2, this afternoon in an Eastern College Athletic Conference East/New England Small College Athletic Conference contest at the Clark Athletic Center rink on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons have won five of their last six contests to improve to 9-3-0 overall and 5-2-0 in league play, while the Jumbos fall to 4-5-1 and 3-4-0.
Wyman had a hand in three of UMass Boston's final four goals, combining on the assist with sophomore defenseman Rob Florentino (West Roxbury, MA) to set up sophomore forward Tim Richter's (Naugatuck, CT) first collegiate goal as part of a five-goal third period for the Beacons and give them a 4-1 lead with 5:26 gone in the period. Wyman netted the final two goals of the day with a score coming at 16:45 on a helper from senior forward Vinnie Jacona (East Stroudsburg, PA) and Richter for a 6-1 advantage and his third marker of the campaign on a feed from Jacona and sophomore blueliner Steven Weston (Henniker, NH) with just 56.3 seconds to go in the contest.
UMass Boston got on the board first when junior forward Anthony Fitti (Havertown, PA) sent the puck to freshman forward Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, NJ) who put a centering pass on stick of a streaking Bryan Albert (Redlands, CA) for his fifth goal of the season at 9:48 of the opening frame. It was the only score of the first period, which the Beacons owned a 17-4 shot advantage in and held Tufts without a shot for the first 8:28 of the stanza.
UMass Boston senior forward Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) gave the home team a 2-0 lead on a goal that he tucked just under the crossbar for his 95th career point on a feed from junior goaltender Kevin Bendel (Denville, NJ) and freshman defenseman Cameron Harvey (Bow, NH) at 10:58 of the second period.
Fitti and Albert connected with Daniel for the eventual game-winner and his seventh goal of the year just 94 seconds into the third period for a 3-0 margin. The Jumbos answered just 1:34 later when senior forward Mike Vitale Brookfield, IL) and freshman forward Tim Mitropoulos (Winchester, MA) found freshman forward Kyle Gallegos (Westminster, CO) for his team-leading eighth goal of the season at 3:08 of the period to cut the deficit to 3-1.
The Beacons later took a 5-1 lead with the only power play goal of the afternoon coming on sophomore forward Mike DeGrazia's (Novi, MI) first tally of the year, courtesy of an assist from Florentino and sophomore defenseman Chris Wilcox (Hollywood, FL) at 11:49 of the period. Tufts spared no time with its answer, scoring 15 seconds later on senior forward Dylan Cooper's (Colorado Springs, CO) sixth goal of the season on an assist from Gallegos and senior forward Tom Derosa (Charlestown, MA) at 12:04 to cut the margin to 5-2.
Bendel added 25 saves to his first career point to earn the victory for UMass Boston, while freshman goalie Brian Phillips (Colleyville, TX) stopped 33 shots in his collegiate debut for the Jumbos. The Beacons held the Jumbos scoreless on four power play opportunities and have allowed just two goals in their last 25 penalty killing situations.
The Beacons will be in action again on Friday, January 14 when they travel to Castleton, VT to take on Castleton State College at 7:00 p.m., while Tufts hosts Johnson & Wales University on Tuesday, January 11 at 7:15 p.m.