Dec. 5, 2008
BOSTON, MA - Junior goaltender Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) stopped 33 shots and came within eight seconds of his second career shutout to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey team over visiting Wesleyan University, 3-1, tonight in an ECAC East/NESCAC contest at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons extend their unbeaten streak to five games for its longest stretch since a five-game win streak from February 12-24, 1999 and improve to 4-1-1 overall and 1-1-1 in league play. It's the best start through six games for UMass Boston since 1987-88 when it owned a 5-1-0 mark. The Cardinals fall to 1-4-0 and 1-2-0.
The Beacons wasted no time in cracking the scoring column when freshman forward Chris Wyman (Bartlett, IL) netted his team-leading fifth goal of the season just 70 seconds into the contest on a feed from freshman defenseman Brian Marks (Brownville, NY) and sophomore forward Vinnie Jacona (East Stroudsburg, PA) on the power play for a 1-0 edge. UMass Boston took a 2-0 margin when sophomore David Lun (Grand Rapids, MI) connected with junior center Kris Kranzky (Glendora, CA), who zipped a pass to a streaking Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) for a backhander that found the right corner of the net for his second goal of the year at 14:39 of the first period. Freshman forward Kyle Tejchma (Freeport, MI) gave the Beacons some insurance with his first collegiate tally on a helper from classmate Andrew Burke (Southampton, PA) at 8:31 of the second period for a 3-0 UMB lead.
Junior forward Jeff Beck (Warrington, PA) prevented the shutout for Wesleyan, which played the final 2:53 of the contest with an empty net and an extra skater, with his second goal of the campaign with just eight ticks left on the clock to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Donovan earned his 20th career victory to move into a tie for fourth place on the UMass Boston all-time list with Frank Soltesz (1994-96, 1997-99), while senior goalie Mike Palladino (Litchfield, CT) made 31 saves in 57:07 of action for the Cardinals.
The Beacons will be in action again on Saturday, December 6 when they host Trinity College (CT) at 4:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while Wesleyan travels to Babson Park, MA on December 6 to take on Babson College at 4:00 p.m.