Dec. 29, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Junior defenseman Brett Calhoun (Tulsa, OK) netted the game-winner to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey team over visiting Johnson & Wales University, 3-1, tonight in the first round of the 45th Annual Codfish Bowl, the second oldest college hockey invitational in the nation, at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons are unbeaten in six of their last seven games and improve to 5-2-1 on the season. They advance to tomorrow's Championship Game, facing Suffolk University, a 4-3 winner over Southern New Hampshire University in the other first round contest, at 5:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center. Johnson & Wales falls to 2-8-0 and will take on Southern New Hampshire in tomorrow's consolation tilt at 2:00 p.m.
The four total goals were the lowest scored by both teams in the Codfish Bowl since Skidmore College bested University of Southern Maine, 3-1, on December 27, 2003.
Calhoun snapped a 1-1 tie with his first tally of the season for UMass Boston coming with 3:55 left to play in the game when sophomore forwards Andrew Burke (Southampton, PA) and Jimmy Ennis (Roslindale, MA) set him up to make it 2-1.
Freshman forward Michael Crowder (Flint, MI) was the first to crack the scoring column when he scored unassisted after 36:11 of scoreless hockey to give the Beacons a 1-0 edge with 3:49 to go in the second stanza.
The Wildcats ended the shutout bid with 10:09 remaining in the contest when sophomore forward Jeremiah Ketts (Foristell, MO) and senior defenseman Shane Poulin (Merrimack, NH) found freshman forward Jason Pietrasiak (Shrewsbury, MA) for his team-leading eighth goal of the season at 9:51 of the third period to tie the game at 1-1.
Junior defenseman Gentry Zollars (Pittsburgh, PA) capped the evening for UMass Boston with his second goal in as many games on a shot that found the empty net just as time expired on a helper from junior forward Vinnie Jacona (East Stroudsburg, PA).
Senior goalie Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) improved to 4-1-0 on the season with 24 saves for the Beacons, while freshman goaltender Jake Menzel (Saint Louis, MO) did all he could for Johnson & Wales, making 50 saves in his third career start. UMass Boston owned a 53-25 shot advantage, including 38-15 in the final two periods of play.