Dec. 30, 2008
BOSTON, MA - Junior goaltender Bill Gilbert (Forestdale, MA) stopped a career-high 54 shots to lead the Suffolk University men's ice hockey team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 3-2, today in the Consolation Game of the 44th Annual Codfish Bowl, the second oldest college ice hockey invitational in the nation, at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of University of Massachusetts Boston. The win is the first for the Rams in six Codfish Bowl games and improves their season record to 3-8-0, while the Beacons fall to 5-3-2 on the year.
UMass Boston dominated the shots, owning a 56-16 advantage and was superior on face-offs as well with a 45-28 mark, but fell short on the scoreboard.
Suffolk wasted no time in taking the lead when senior forward Dan Pencinger (Randolph, NJ) netted a power play goal just 84 seconds into the contest on a feed from junior defenseman Nick Davis (Pittsburgh, PA) and senior forward John Rocchio (East Greenwich, RI) for a 1-0 first period edge. The Beacons came right back when junior blueliner Steve Ebbole (Wheaton, IL) and freshman forward Bryan Albert (Redlands, CA) set up sophomore forward David Lun (Grand Rapids, MI) for his first goal of the season at the 4:20 mark of the opening period to knot the contest at 1-1.
The Rams netted the first two goals of the second period to take a 3-1 margin when Pencinger combined with Rocchio to find senior defenseman Mitch Sabo (Bell Canyon, CA) on the power play for his second goal of the season, just 2:36 into the period for a 2-1 lead. Junior forward Brian Smusz (Daleville, VA) netted the eventual game-winner for Suffolk with his third tally of the year coming on a helper from senior forward Ryan Collins (Amesbury, MA) and junior forward Mike Mondello (Revere, MA) just 43 seconds later at 3:19 for a 3-1 advantage. UMass Boston capitalized on the power play when sophomore defenseman Brett Calhoun (Tulsa, OK) fed freshman blueliner Wayne Sands (Chalfant, PA) for a shot that sophomore forward Matt Atsoff (East Stroudsburg, PA) collected a rebound off of and potted his fifth goal of the campaign to pull UMB to within 3-2 with 9:48 gone in the second period, but it would be as close as the Beacons would come as both teams were unable to score for the final 31:12 of action.
Junior goalie Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) made 13 saves for UMass Boston.
The Beacons will be in action again when they host Amherst College in a league contest on Friday, January 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while the Rams travel to Gorham, ME to take on University of Southern Maine on January 13 at 7:00 p.m.