Nov. 29, 2008
HOOKSET, NH - Sophomore defenseman Brett Calhoun (Tulsa, OK) netted a career-high two goals to lead University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey team over host Southern New Hampshire University today at the Ice Den in Hooksett, NH in the First Round of the PAL/Stovepipe Tournament. The Beacons improve to 2-1-1 on the season for their best start since 1996-97 when they began the campaign with a 3-1-0 mark, while the Penmen fall to 2-2-0.
UMB will take on Tufts University, 5-1 winners over Plymouth State University earlier in the day, tomorrow at the Ice Den in the championship game at 4:00 p.m., while SNHU plays Plymouth State in the 1:00 p.m. consolation tilt.
UMass Boston made the most of its chances, despite being outshot, 37-25, scoring the first four goals of the game, including a shorthanded score, to take a 4-0 lead following the first period of play. Calhoun's first goal of the day came on the power play when junior forward Kris Kranzky (Glendora, CA) and sophomore forward Matt Atsoff (Macomb, MI) combined to find him at the 12:23 mark of the first period for a 3-0 UMB lead. His second score of the afternoon gave the Beacons a 6-2 lead, in a four on four situation, when Kranzky and freshman forward Chris Wyman (Bartlett, IL) found him at 10:23 of the third period.
UMass Boston got on the board first when freshman forward Andrew Burke (Southampton, PA) set up classmate Jeff Van Siclen (Alamo, CA) for his first collegiate goal at 9:16 of the opening period, before Kranzky and sophomore forward Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) combined to dish to Atsoff for his team-leading fourth goal of the season just 1:46 later for a 2-0 UMB margin at 11:02 of the first period. Sophomore forward Zach Barron (Saint Louis, MO) finished the first period scoring when classmate David Lun (Grand Rapids, MI) got him the puck for his first career shorthanded tally with 3:28 left in the opening stanza for a 4-0 Beacons' lead.
UMass Boston held Southern New Hampshire scoreless for the first 31:39 of the contest, before senior defenseman Dave Carroll (Arlington, MA) got an assist from junior forward John Frey (Westminster, CO) and junior forward Ryan DiBartolomeo (Leominster, MA) for his third goal of the year at 11:39 of the second period to cut the deficit to 4-1 and snap UMB's scoreless streak at 86:54, going back to its game on Tuesday. Frey potted a goal of his own for the Penmen at 16:17 of the middle period when DiBartolomeo and sophomore forward Andrew Hildreth (Leominster, MA) set him up for his second tally of the season for a 4-2 game, but Tufman answered just 42 seconds later for the Beacons on a feed from freshman defenseman Gentry Zollars (Bethel Park, PA) at the 16:59 mark for a 5-2 advantage. Hildreth later capped the day's scoring on an assist from junior defenseman Kent Honeyman (Marietta, GA) and Carroll at 13:22 of the final period to make it 6-3 for Southern New Hampshire.
Junior goaltender Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) stopped 34 shots to earn his 18th career victory for UMass Boston to move him into a tie for fifth on the team's all-time list with Tom Apprille (1989-1992). He also moved into second on the Beacons' career minutes played list with 3,223:08. Junior goalie Shane Brooks (Kennebunk, ME) turned away three of six shots that he faced in the first 12:23 of action, before yielding to sophomore Todd Rowley (Billerica, MA), who stopped 16 of 19 shots in the final 47:37 of play.