Feb. 19, 2011
BOSTON, MA - Senior forward Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) potted two goals and added a pair of assists to spearhead the University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey team's 7-2 victory over the Amherst College this afternoon in an Eastern Athletic Conference East/New England Small College Athletic Conference contest at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. Tufman ties his career high with the four-point effort which he has done six times including three times this season, and in the process he moves to 10th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 112 points. With the victory, the Beacons improve to 15-10-0 overall which is the program's highest win total since the 1991-92 campaign and also lifts their record to 10-9 in conference play. Meanwhile, the loss drops the Lord Jeffs to 12-8-4 and 10-6-3 in conference, and also snaps their 16-game streak without a loss to UMass Boston that dates back to December 30, 1994.
UMass Boston struck at 16:28 for the only score of the opening period. After senior forward David Lun (Grand Rapids, MI) and sophomore forward Tim Richter (Naugatuck, CT) had their shot attempts turned away, freshman forward Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, NY) tallied his fourth goal of the season when he put back the rebound.
The Beacons offensive attack was clicking in the second period as the home team scored four times to build a 5-1 advantage going into the final intermission. Tufman tipped sophomore defenseman Steve Weston's (Henniker, NH) shot from the point to start the scoring at 5:09. On the power play 2:30 later, sophomore blueliner Rob Florentino (West Roxbury, MA) ripped a slap shot directly off of the faceoff won by Tufman and Amherst senior goaltender Cole Anderson (Sylvan Lake, ALB) never saw the puck as it traveled through a pair of screens. Senior forward Matt Atsoff's (Macomb, MI) team-leading 15th of the year gave the Beacons a 4-0 lead at 10:05. Tufman and freshman forward Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, NJ) picked up the assists on the score which was Tufman's third point of the five-minute stretch. The Lord Jeffs got on the scoreboard, 4-1, at 17:42 on a goal by senior forward Matt Rhone (Dedham, MA) that came just after their power play had ended. Freshman forward Andrew Kurlandsk (Kirkwood, MO) and sophomore forward Nick Brunette (Chaska, MN) were credited with the assists. However, 38 seconds later senior forward Vinnie Jacona (East Stroudsburg, PA) netted his 11th of the campaign to reestablish UMass Boston's four-goal advantage, 5-1. Jacona batted in a loose puck after junior forwards Chris Wyman (Bartlett, IL) and Bryan Albert (Redlands, CA) crashed the net.
In the third period, Amherst controlled the puck for a large portion of the 20-minute segment but was unable to really capitalize. The Lord Jeffs did cut into the lead, 5-2, at 12:44 when junior defenseman Mike Baran (Duxbury, MA) took a shot from the point that was redirected into the net by sophomore forward Dylan Trumble (Calgary, ALB). However, the Beacons quickly answered with a pair of scores. A pretty backhand pass by Grinhaus from behind the net set up Richter in the slot for a one-timer that he buried. Weston also earned an assist on the tally that came at 14:47. Then, Tufman added his second of game with 1:12 to play with helpers going to Daniel and Atsoff.
Amherst was 0-for-7 on the power play, while UMass Boston went 1-for-4 with the man-advantage.
In net, senior goaltender Thomas Speer (Wausau, WI) made 24 stops to earn the victory. For the Lord Jeffs, Anderson played the first 40 minutes and made 22 saves while allowing five goals. Sophomore goalie Nathan Corey (Anchorage, AK) played the final period and stopped nine shots. The seven goals were the most allowed all season by Amherst with the previous high being five.
The Beacons return to action Saturday, February 26 at 3:00 p.m. when they host the No. 6 seed in the first round of the ECAC East Tournament.