Nov. 30, 2008
HOOKSET, NH - Junior forward Kris Kranzky (Glendora, CA) scored a pair of goals in the final three minutes of play, including the game-winner with two seconds left to lift the University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey team over Tufts University today at the Ice Den in Hooksett, NH to capture the PAL/Stovepipe Tournament Championship. The Beacons improve to 3-1-1 on the season for their best start since 1991-92 when they began the campaign with a 4-1-0 mark, while the Jumbos fall to 1-3-0.
Kranzky's first goal of the afternoon came with 2:49 left in the third period when sophomore forward Vinnie Jacona (East Stroudsburg, PA) and David Lun (Grand Rapids, MI) combined to find him to pull UMass Boston even at 3-3, before Jacona hooked up with Kranzky again for his fourth goal of the season and the game-winner with just two ticks left on the clock. It was Kranzky's fifth point (2-3-5) of the tournament and led to him being named the tournament Most Valuable Player.
Kranzky's two goals capped a three-goal flurry by the Beacons, who trailed, 3-1, before freshman defenseman Wayne Sands (Chalfant, PA) fed classmate Chris Wyman (Bartlett, IL) on the power play for his fourth goal on the year at 12:13 of the third period to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Tufts scored the first two goals of the afternoon when sophomore forward Mike Vitale (Brookfield, IL) assisted on classmate Tom Derosa's (Charlestown, MA) second goal of the season at the 12:10 mark of the opening period and later Derosa set up freshman forward Nick Resor (Westwood, MA) for his third goal of the season and a 2-0 lead with 9:07 gone in the second stanza. Jacona sliced the margin in half for UMass Boston when freshman defenseman Gentry Zollars (Bethel Park, PA) dished to him for his second tally of the campaign, just over three minutes later at 12:23 of the middle period for a 2-1 score. Junior forward Cory Korchin (Fountain Valley, CA) and sophomore forward Dylan Cooper (Colorado Springs, CO) combined to find sophomore forward Zach Diaco (Rumson, NJ) on the power play for his first goal of the season at 8:03 of the third period for a 3-1 Jumbos' lead.
Junior goaltender Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) made 27 saves for the Beacons to earn the victory and give him 1,880 career stops to move into second on the school's all-time list ahead of Craig Paster (2000-04). He was also named to the All-Tournament team after making 61 saves for the weekend. Freshman goalie Scott Barchard (Reading, MA) turned away 22 shots for Tufts.
Sophomore forward Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) joined Kranzky on the All-Tournament team after picking up a goal and an assist during the tournament for UMB, while Resor and sophomore defenseman Andy Davis (Woburn, MA) were both named to the squad for the Jumbos.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Friday, December 5 when it hosts Wesleyan University at 7:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while Tufts will host Saint Anselm College on December 5 at 7:00 p.m.