Mass. College Hockey: Notes From Friday’s Contests

By Matt Noonan 

Here are some news and notes from yesterday’s contests.

  • Six different Boston College skaters found the back of the net last night, which helped the Eagles earn a 6-2 victory over UNH, along with their ninth win of the season. Johnny Gaudreau potted his 13th strike of the year, while Kevin Hayes scored his ninth goal in the second period. First-year forward Austin Cangelosi finished with three points (one goal, two assists). Cangelosi has now registered three-points in three contests this season.
  • Merrimack College has trailed 14 times this season, but has come back twice to win. Last night, they rallied to beat Boston University, 3-2, which snapped a seven-game winless stretch. Over the last seven games, the Warriors were 0-6-1.
  • BU’s women’s team picked up their 13th win of the season as the Terriers skated past Minnesota Duluth, 6-5. Kerrin Sperry recorded her second consecutive 35-plus save performance, while Sarah Lefort registered three points (two goals, one assist).
  • Harvard’s women’s team topped New Hampshire last night in Cambridge, 5-0. The win marks the Crimson’s eighth consecutive victory, as well as Brianna Laing‘s second career shutout in her second career start.
  • Bentley University’s men’s team improved to 6-7-1 this season thanks to a hat trick from Alex Grieve, as well as three assists by Brett Gensler. As noted in last night’s release, Gensler’s three assists helped the senior break the program’s Division I record for career points.
  • Babson College improved to 5-0-0 in the ECAC East for the first time since their 1994-95 campaign as the Beavers skated past Southern Maine, 5-2. Babson has outscored its opponents 9-3 in the third period this season and has not yielded a goal during the final 20 minutes in four consecutive contests.
  • Travis Daniel became the 13th player to reach the 100-point milestone in UMass Boston’s program history as the Beacons defeated University of New England for the second time in five days. Daniel’s assist in the second period provided him with his 100th point.

Mass. College Hockey: Friday Night Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Here are the scores and highlights from last night’s men’s and women’s hockey games.

Men’s Hockey

Providence 1, Merrimack 0: Noel Acciari‘s second goal of the season proved to be the difference as the Friars defeated the Warriors in North Andover.

Boston College 5, Boston University 1: Johnny Gaudreau recorded a first period goal along with two assists as the Eagles beat the Terriers at Boston University.

New Hampshire 4, Massachusetts 1: Steven Iacobellis evened the game at 1-1 in the first period, but that was the closest the Minutemen got as the Wildcats added three more goals — one in the second, two in the third — to secure the win.

St. Lawrence 3, Harvard 1: Jimmy Vesey recorded a power play goal in the second, but that wasn’t enough to jumpstart a Crimson comeback.

American International 8, Bentley 7: Jon Puskar recorded two goals and three assists, which helped the Yellow Jackets win a wild contest in Watertown.

New England College 2, UMass Boston 1: Jeremy Finger‘s power play goal in the second wasn’t enough to jumpstart a rally as the Beacons dropped their first game of the season in Boston.

Babson 3, St. A’s 1: Michael Phillips‘ second period strike provided the Beavers with the lead for good as Babson picked up its second win of the season.

Women’s Hockey

Harvard 3, St. Lawrence 2: Dylanne Crugnale registered two assists as the Crimson defeated the Saints.

Boston College 6, Vermont 1: Emily Field netted her fourth and fifth goals of the season as the Eagles defeated the Catamounts in Vermont.

Franklin Pierce 4, UMass Boston 2: Alyssa Sullivan recorded two points (one goal, one assist), but that wasn’t enough to lift the Beacons to victory.

Mass. College Hockey: Bentley’s Hartung Signs Pro Contract With ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears


Earlier today Bentley University’s sports information department confirmed in a press release that Brett Hartung, a former Falcon, has signed a pro contract with the Orlando Solar Bears of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). Here’s the release:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Former Bentley University forward Brett Hartung (Tallahassee, Fla.) has signed a pro contract with the Orlando Solar Bears of the East Coast Hockey League, the team announced Thursday.

Hartung signed just yesterday and was in the lineup as Orlando took on the Gwinnett Gladiators last night. The Solar Bears are affiliated with the Minnesota Wild in the NHL and the Houston Aeros in the AHL.

Hartung played in 33 games for the Falcons as a senior with six goals and 10 assists for 16 points. He finished his career with 136 games played, tallying 31 goals and 27 assists for 58 points.


Mass. College Hockey: Canisius Defeats Bentley In AHA Playoffs


Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s ice hockey teams second Atlantic Hockey Association playoff game. The Falcons season concluded with a 2-1 setback. Here’s the recap:

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Canisius College’s Cody Freeman scored both of his team’s goals, and junior goalie Tony Capobianco made 35 saves as the Golden Griffins eliminated Bentley University from the Atlantic Hockey Tournament Saturday night with a 2-1 victory in game two to sweep the first round series.

Bentley fell behind 2-0 after two second period goals by Freeman, but got to within 2-1 with 4:40 remaining in the game on a goal by senior Dan Koudys (Grimsby, Ontario/Burlington Cougars). However, the Falcons could not find the equalizer as Canisius hung on to advance to next weekend’s quarterfinals.

Just like in game one, the first period of game two was scoreless. The shots were even at 9-9 and both teams had power play opportunities, but came away empty-handed as Canisius went 0-3 and Bentley 0-2.

Both goalies, Bentley’s Branden Komm (Williamsville, N.Y./Northfield Mount Hermon) and Capobianco, were locked in a scoreless draw until the final five-plus minutes of the second period. That changed when Freeman gave his team a 1-0 lead at the 14:36 mark. The goal was setup by junior Kyle Gibbons, who had two assists on the night, after he skated into the offensive zone with a step on his defender. Gibbons continued to skate in on net and had his shot denied by Komm. But the rebound came loose to Freeman, who crashed the net on the far post and knocked the puck in for the goal.

Late in the period Bentley appeared to have tied the game at one when junior Alex Kubiak (Tinley Park, Ill./Chicago Steel) tipped in a shot from defenseman Michael Reardon (Norwood, Mass./South Shore Kings) in front of the net, only to have the goal waved off for playing the puck with a high-stick.

Canisius took advantage just seconds later and scored a big goal to go up 2-0 at 19:01 off the stick off Freeman for his second of the night. After a face-off win by Canisius’ Patrick Sullivan in the offensive zone, they played the puck d-to-d on the blue line. The puck found its way to Freeman in the slot, who beat Komm with a shot to the stick side.

Still trailing 2-0 with under seven minutes remaining in the third period, Bentley went on the power play desperately needing a goal. They didn’t score on the man-advantage, but just four seconds after the power play ended, Koudys put in Bentley’s first goal of the series at 15:20 to cut the deficit to 2-1. Freshman Andrew Gladiuk (White Rock, B.C./Nanaimo Clippers) and junior Jared Rickord (Skokie, Ill./Springfield Jr. Blues) had the assists.

Bentley’s efforts to score the tying goal were then hampered by a questionable charging call that left them shorthanded until there was 1:17 remaining in the game. They were able to kill off the penalty but were left with little time. Komm was pulled for the extra-attacker with 54 seconds to go, but they came up empty.

Canisius improves to 15-18-5 on the season and will play second-seeded Air Force in the quarterfinals. Bentley’s season comes to an end at 12-20-3.