Nov. 24, 2009
FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Junior forward Matt Atsoff (Maconb, MI) collected two goals and two assists to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey team to an 8-3 win over host Framingham State College tonight in non-conference action at Loring Arena. With the win the Beacons improve to 2-1-0 on the season for their best start since 1998-99 when they were also 2-1-0, while the loss drops the Rams to 1-4-1.
UMass Boston took a 2-0 lead just eight minutes into the game on a power play goal from sophomore forward Bryan Albert (Redlands, CA) at 4:37 and an Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) goal at 8:08. The Rams battled back and cut the lead back to one goal at 2-1 before the intermission on freshman Ben Pacific's (Marlborough, MA) first collegiate goal.
UMass Boston extended the lead back to two with sophomore defenseman John Hubbard's (Arlington, TX) first of two goals at 10:30 in the second. The Rams responded as their leading scorer and current MASCAC Player of the Week Joe Hurley (Charlestown, MA) scored his team leading fifth of the season at 11:22 to pull the Rams back within one at 3-2. Atsoff would give the Beacons the lead for good with what proved to be the game winner with 46 seconds remaining in the period.
The Rams would pull within one at 3:20 of the third on senior Jeremy Schmidt's (Huffman, TX) first goal of the season, but that would be as close as they would get as the Beacons scored four unanswered goals in the final 14 minutes. Freshman forward Michael Crowder (Flint, MI) netted his first collegiate goal at 7:47 and less than a minute later Hubbard added his career-best second of the game for a three goal lead. Albert added his personal-best second of the night at 11:05 and Atsoff added an unassisted tally for a career-best four points at 19:30 to finish the scoring.
Framingham State freshman goalie Billy Sias (Bloomington, MN) made his first start between the pipes for the Rams, making 49 saves, while sophomore Kevin Bendel (Denville, NJ) earned his first win of the season with 16 saves for the Beacons, who held a 57-19 shot advantage.
The Rams return to action on Thursday night December 3rd as they host Salem State at Loring Arena at 7:20 p.m., while the Beacons travel to Manchester, NH to face Stonehill at the P.A.L. Stove Pipe Tournament on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.