Nov. 21, 2009

Box Score

BOSTON, MA - The University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey team scored four of the game's first five goals and hung on to defeat visiting Colby College today, 4-3, 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 win their first game of the season to improve to 1-1-0 overall and 1-1-0 in league play for their best record after the first two games of the season since 2000-01 when they also opened at 1-1-0. The victory is also the first over the Mules since a 5-2 victory on February 20, 1999 to snap a 10-game losing streak. Colby falls to 0-2-0 and 0-2-0 on the year.

UMass Boston netted the first two goals of the afternoon in a span of 1:38 when junior forward Vinnie Jacona (East Stroudsburg, PA) put the Beacons on the board in the first period with an unassisted goal at 10:33 for his second of the season and sophomore forward Chris Wyman (Bartlett, IL) took a feed from freshman defenseman Ryan Crisculo (Trumbull, CT) and sophomore forward Bryan Albert (Redlands, CA) to score on the power play for a 2-0 UMass Boston lead.

The Mules answered with a power play marker of their own when freshman forward Nick Kondiles (Lake Forest, IL) and sophomore forward Dan Nelson (Northbrook, IL) combined to find junior forward Wil Hartigan (Arlington, MA) for the Mules' first goal of the season to make it 2-1. Junior forward Matt Atsoff (Macomb, MI) restored the Beacons' two-goal cushion with his first goal of the campaign coming on the power play on helpers from junior defensemen Brett Calhoun (Tulsa, OK) and Gentry Zollars (Pittsburgh, PA) to give the home team a 3-1 lead with just 70 seconds left in the opening period.

Calhoun and junior forward David Lun (Grand Rapids, MI) fed sophomore forward Andrew Burke (Southampton, PA) for his first tally of the season to give UMass Boston some breathing room with a 4-1 advantage at the 7:02 mark of the second period.

Colby pulled to within 4-3 with a pair of unanswered goals from freshman forward Michael Smigelski (Mountain Lakes, NJ). His first collegiate score came on the power play at 8:51 of the second stanza on assists from Kondiles and freshman forward Cory McGrath (Yarmouthport, MA). The trio combined to pull the Mules to within a goal with just 3:12 left in the game when Kondiles and McGrath connected with Smigelski for his second goal in as many periods.

Senior goalie Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) made 22 saves to earn the victory for the Beacons and passed Tom Corliss (1983-87) on the school's all-time games played list with 74, while junior goaltender Cody McKinney (Weston, FL) turned away 23 shots for Colby.

UMass Boston will be in action again when it travels to Framingham, MA to take on Framingham State College on Tuesday, November 24 at 7:20 p.m., while the Mules host University of Southern Maine on November 24 in a non-conference match-up at 7:00 p.m.