Feb. 21, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore forward Ryan Riffe (South Berwick, ME) tallied his first collegiate hat trick to lead the Connecticut College men's ice hockey team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 9-1, this afternoon in an Eastern College Athletic Conference/NESCAC contest at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 8-15-2 overall and 4-14-1 in league play in their regular-season finale, while the Camels improve to 13-8-3 and 9-7-3.
Riffe netted two of his goals in the second period with his first coming on a feed from junior forward Trevor Bradley (West Hartford, CT) and junior defenseman Ryan Joyce (Dorchester, MA) on the power play at 11:35 for a 4-1 Connecticut College advantage. He potted the game's second power play goal when junior forward Ryan Howarth (Grand Blane, MI) combined with Joyce to set him up at 15:28 to increase the Camels' lead to 6-1 before the end of the period. Riffe netted his third goal of the day and eighth of the season with the third period's first goal on an assist from sophomore forward Jordan Gray (Mississauga, ONT) at 9:12 for a 7-1 Conn. College lead.
Howarth opened the game's scoring with an unassisted goal at the 16:13 mark of the first period and followed that just 45 seconds later with his second score of the contest on a feed from Bradley for the eventual game-winner and his team-leading 10th of the season at 16:58 for a 2-0 Camels margin.
Connecticut College carried the momentum into the middle period when freshman forward J.J. McGregor (Wichita, KS) converted a pass from freshman defenseman Thomas Regan (South Boston, MA) and gave the visitors a 3-0 lead with 2:47 gone in the period, but UMass Boston got on the board when senior forward Jacob Cline (Atlanta, GA) and junior forward Kris Kranzky (Glendora, CA) set up freshman blueliner Brian Marks (Brownville, NY) for a shot from the point that resulted in his second goal of the year and cut the deficit to 3-1 at 4:54 of the second period. Junior forward Brett Moore (Medfield, MA) and freshman forward Julien Boutet (Amos, QUE) later teamed to find junior forward Sean Driscoll (Peabody, MA) for his ninth goal of the campaign at 13:14 of the second period for a 5-1 Camels' lead.
Senior defenseman Ben Eischen (Brookfield, NH) tallied Conn. College's eighth goal and his third of the year just 43 seconds after Riffe's last goal in the third period when senior blueliner Shawn Keefe (Waltham, MA) and Driscoll assisted at the 9:55 mark. McGregor capped the day's scoring with his career-best second goal of the afternoon on a helper from senior forward Kevin Plant (Carver, MA) and freshman forward Sean Curran (Wilmette, IL) with just 11 ticks left in the game.
Junior goalie Greg Parker (Trenton, ONT) stopped 28 of 29 shots in 49:55 of action to earn the victory, before yielding to freshman goaltender Andrew Margolin (Mahwah, NJ) for the final 10:05 of action. The rookie stopped both shots that he saw for the remainder of the game. Senior Chris Testa (Massapequa, NY) turned away 12 of 19 shots in 38:23 of action in his final home game at the Clark Athletic Center for the Beacons and freshman goalie Kevin Bendel (Denville, NJ) stopped seven of nine shots in 21:37 of time for UMB.
The eighth-seeded Beacons will be in action again on Saturday, February 28 when they travel to Northfield, VT to play number one seed Norwich University in the quarterfinals of the ECAC East Tournament.