Courtesy of the UMass Boston sports information department, here’s today’s release about the Beacons men’s ice hockey team, who is now the sixth best team in the country on the latest D3Hockey.com poll:
BOSTON, Mass.—After a wild first week of 2014 in which they earned five wins in eight days, UMass Boston men’s hockey (12-1-2) earned the highest ranking in school history, as they came in at number six in theD3Hockey.com Top-15 Poll Monday afternoon.
The sixth-place ranking eclipses UMass Boston’s previous program record that they set in January of 1991, when the 1990-91 team (11-5-2) was ranked seventh in the nation.
In addition to being ranked by D3Hockey.Com, the Beacons moved up to #11 in the USCHO.com National Poll, their highest ranking of the season and a ranking that ties the previous high-water mark for UMass Boston in USCHO.com poll history.
UMass Boston moved up an impressive nine spots after a 3-0 week in which they defeated Salem State University (4-2), #5 Norwich University (4-2) and St. Michael’s College (6-4).
The victory over Salem State at Fenway Park Tuesday marked UMass Boston’s first win over the Vikings since 1999. Friday UMass Boston scored two goals in the third period to snap a three-game losing streak against #5 Norwich and Saturday UMB overcame a 4-1 second-period deficit by scoring five-straight goals to knock off the Purple Knights of St. Michael’s College.
Head coach Peter Belisle’s squad is riding a program-record best 13-game unbeaten streak and is just one victory shy of tying the program record for consecutive wins of 11 straight.