Nov. 28, 2009
HOOKSETT, NH - Sophomore forward Chris Wyman (Bartlett, IL) registered his second collegiate hat trick with all three goals coming on the power play to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey team over Stonehill College this afternoon in the First Round of the Manchester Police Athletic League (PAL)/Stovepipe Tournament in Hooksett, NH. The Beacons improve to 3-1 on the season for their best start since the 1996-97 season when they also began the campaign at 3-1. The Skyhawks fall to 2-6-1.
Wyman opened the day's scoring for UMass Boston with an assist from sophomore forward Bryan Albert (Redlands, CA) and junior forward Vinnie Jacona (East Stroudsburg, PA) at the 2:41 mark of the first period on the power play. Sophomore forward Patrick Greene (Weymouth, MA) answered for Stonehill with his second tally of the season coming on helpers from freshman defenseman Tyler Gordon (Franklin, MA) and senior forward Peter Roundy (Simsbury, CT) under five minutes later at 7:21 of the opening period.
The Beacons netted five unanswered goals to open up a 6-1 advantage with Wyman giving them a 2-1 edge on the power play from the same combo of Albert and Jacona with just 37 seconds left in the first period. The trio hooked up again for UMass Boston's fourth goal of the afternoon to set up Wyman for the hat trick at the 12:01 mark of the second period. Sophomore forward Jimmy Ennis (Roslindale, MA) found the back of the net just 31 seconds later for the Beacons on an assist from senior forward Kris Kranzky (Glendora, CA) and sophomore forward Jeff Van Siclen (Alamo, CA) to give them a 5-1 margin. Kranzky tallied a goal of his own at 17:23 of the middle period for his second of the year for UMass Boston, courtesy of junior forward Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) and sophomore blueliner Wayne Sands (Chalfant, PA) for a 6-1 lead.
The Skyhawks' junior goaltender Michael Manna (Framingham, MA) set up freshman forward Christopher Gorovitz (Framingham, MA) for his third tally of the year at 6:32 of the third period to halt the Beacons' offensive surge and cut the deficit to 6-2. Ennis capped the day's scoring for UMass Boston with his second marker of the contest on a helper from Van Siclen and sophomore forward Andrew Burke (Southampton, PA) at 8:28 of the final period for a 7-2 advantage.
Albert was credited with the game-winning score for the Beacons just 91 seconds into the second period on one of Jacona's four assists combining with junior defenseman Gentry Zollars (Pittsburgh, PA) for a 3-1 lead.
Senior goalie Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) made 23 saves to earn the victory for UMass Boston, while Manna stopped 26 shots for Stonehill.
The Beacons will be in action again tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. in an exhibition contest vs. the Penn State University club team, while the Skyhawks take on Southern New Hampshire University at 1:00 p.m.