Mass. College Hockey: Nichols Falls To Salve Regina In ECAC Northeast Semifinals


Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s ice hockey contest against Salve Regina. The Bison fell to the Seahawks in the ECAC Northeast, 3-2 and below is the recap:

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. – Salve Regina sophomore John Scorcia (Hudson, Fla.) notched a goal and an assist while freshman Cameron Gaudet (Burlington, Mass.) scored the game-winner as the fifth-seeded Seahawks scored three unanswered goals to upset second-seeded Nichols, 3-2, in an ECAC Northeast semifinal showdown at Levy Rink on Wednesday night. The Seahawks improve to 10-13-3 on the season and advance to the ECAC Northeast Ice Hockey Championship game to face top-seeded Wentworth on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Northeastern’s Matthews Arena. The win was also the first over the Bison (16-9-1) since a 7-1 decision on December 1, 2004, a 13 game stretch.

Nichols senior Zach Kohn (Delafield, Wis.) recorded a pair of assists for the Bison as he ended his collegiate career tied for second in the record book with Will Munson ’11 for career helpers (84). The forward also passed Zeke Costello ’10 with his 117th career point to take seventh all-time.

After 40 minutes of action, the game was knotted at 2-all with the Seahawks on a full two-minute power play to begin the third. The Bison killed off the penalty and 1:26 later Gaudet deposited a rebound with help from sophomore Michael Naso (Londonderry, N.H.) and junior David Watkins (Natick, Mass.) to put the Seahawks ahead 3-2. Nichols went on to outshoot the visitors 22-10 in the frame and came up empty on a power play that began at 7:57. Freshman David Chiokadze (Langhorne, Pa.) made a key stop at the 16:30 mark as he thwarted junior Greg Strootman (Aston, Pa.) to preserve the one goal lead. With 1:38 remaining in the third period, the Bison opted for an extra skater but were unable to capitalize.

Senior Danny Greiner (Columbus, Ohio), skating in his 100th game as a Bison, received a pass from Kohn and streaked down the ice and lit the lamp for the 1-0 lead at 15:42 in the first period. Just over three minutes later, Kohn and sophomore Evan Jones (Farmington Hills, Mich.) helped setup a one-timer for Strootman as the hosts claimed the 2-0 advantage. Nichols doubled up the Seahawks 18-9 on shots and successfully killed off a five-minute major.

Scorcia took advantage of a blocked shot off the stick of freshman Zakerie Thompson (Rochester, Mich.) to put Salve Regina on the board 9:25 into the middle frame. Junior Alex Barr (West Milford, N.J.) found an opening on the blocker side on a shot from the right circle off a feed from Scorcia to even the game at 2-2 with 8:52 left in the period. Salve Regina took 13 of the 22 shots in the stanza as the Bison had one power play chance.

Chiokadze (5-5-1) stopped an eye-popping 47 pucks while first-year Alex Larson (Madison, Ala.) turned aside 29 shots as he ended his inaugural campaign 10-7-1.

The game marked the career finale for Greiner, Kohn, Wil Brown (Hershey, Pa.), Bryan Gill (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) and Ray Furr (Woodbridge, Va.).

Mass. College Hockey: Nichols Prepares For ECAC Northeast Semifinals On Wednesday


Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release on the men’s hockey team, who’ll host Salve Regina on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at June Rockwell Levy Rink in Burrillville, R.I in the ECAC Northeast semifinals:

DUDLEY, Mass. – The Nichols College men’s ice hockey team earned the No. 2 seed in the 2012-13 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northeast Hockey League Championship tournament and will host fifth-seeded Salve Regina in the semifinal round on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at June Rockwell Levy Rink in Burrillville, R.I.

The Bison, making their second consecutive ECAC Northeast semifinal appearance and first under the league’s Co-Coach of the Year Kevin Swallow, finished the regular season with a 16-8-1 overall record and the most wins since the 2008-09 ECAC Northeast Championship season while sporting a 9-4-1 ledger in league play. In the conference opener on Nov. 10, Nichols edged Salve Regina 4-3 courtesy of first-year Frank Butler’s (East Haven, Conn.) game-winner with 3:45 left in the third period. The Jan. 23rd meeting saw ECAC Northeast Rookie of the Year Tyler Beasley (Indianapolis, Ind.) deliver the lone goal early in the second period and conference Goalie of the Year rookie Alex Larson (Madison, Ala.) post 32 saves in his first collegiate shutout, a 1-0 victory.

Beasley paces the Bison offense with 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points including five power play goals and three game-winners. Butler became the second first-year Nichols student-athlete in as many years to lead the league with four game-winning goals in ECAC Northeast action. Senior captain Wil Brown (Hershey, Pa.), an All-ECAC Northeast second team selection, guided a defense that allowed only 2.21 goals per game trailing only Wentworth (2.14). Larson (10-6-1) ranked second in the league with a 2.02 goals against average and a .932 save percentage and claims the most wins (10) by a Bison rookie goaltender since Keith Fink ’09 in 2005-06. Senior Zach Kohn (Delafield, Wis.) currently sits in third-place in the Bison record books with 82 assists and ninth-place all-time with 115 points. The forward is one point shy of tying Zeke Costello ’10 for eighth place and two assists away from sharing second place with Will Munson ’11. Senior Danny Greiner (Columbus, Ohio) looks to skate in his 100th game on Wednesday.

Salve Regina (9-13-3, 5-7-2), led by the other Co-Coach of the Year Andy Boschetto, defeated fourth-seeded Western New England 8-4 in the opening round of the ECAC Northeast Hockey League Championship tournament on Saturday.

Sophomore John Scorcia (Tampa, Fla.), an All-ECAC Northeast Second Team selection, leads the Seahawks with 18 assists and 28 points while freshman Marc Biggs (Dallas, Texas) claims the goal lead with 14 this season. Biggs along with classmates Cameron Gaudet (Burlington, Mass.) and Peter Gintoli (Monroe, Conn.) as well as sophomore Michael Naso (Londonderry, N.H.) all have 24 points apiece for Salve Regina. All-ECAC Northeast honorable mention rookie Lucas Sousa (Billerica, Mass.) rounds out the double-digit point producers with 14 on the year. Fifteen of the 24 power play goals have come off the sticks of Biggs (six), Gaudet (five) or Scorcia (four) while Scorcia opened the Nov. 10th game with a shorthanded marker just 1:51 into the contest. Senior goaltender Mike McDonald (Whitby, Ontatrio), the backstop in both games against the Bison, split time between the pipes with rookie David Chiokadze (Langhorne, Pa.) this season. McDonald (4-8-2) sported a 3.53 goals against average (GAA) and a .877 save percentage in league play while Chiokadze (4-5-1) posted a 2.80 GAA and a .911 save percentage in ECAC Northeast contests.

The other semifinal matchup features top-seeded Wentworth (14-8-3, 10-2-2 ECACNE) hosting No. 6 Johnson & Wales (10-15-1, 5-8-1 ECACNE) at Matthews Arena.  The championship game will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on either Saturday or Sunday

Mass. College Hockey: Nichols Beats WNE, Clinches Second Place In ECAC Northeast


Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the men’s ice hockey team that topped Western New England College and claimed second place in the upcoming ECAC Northeast tournament:

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. – Sophomore Joe Sposit (Cleveland, Ohio) and first-year Tyler Beasley (Indianapolis, Ind.) each had a goal and an assist as the Nichols College men’s ice hockey team defeated visiting Western New England, 4-1, in an ECAC Northeast showdown at Levy Rink. With the win, Nichols (16-7-1, 9-3-1 ECACNE) clinches second place in the league standings and a bye in the first round of the conference tournament. The Bison will host a home game on Wednesday, Feb. 27th at 8:10 p.m. against an opponent to be decided during the opening round on Saturday, Feb. 23. Western New England claims a home game in the first round and will wait until the end of Tuesday’s games to learn their opponent.

First-year Alex Larson (Madison, Ala.) made 14 saves en route to his 10th victory of the season (10-5-1) for the most victories by a Bison rookie goaltender since Keith Fink ’09 won 16 games in his inaugural season in 2005-2006. Sophomore Brett Jackson (Larchmont, N.Y.) pitched in with a pair of helpers.

Sophomore Chris Gularte (Salinas, Calif.) potted a power play goal with a wrister from the point that found its way through traffic. Jackson and senior Danny Greiner (Columbus, Ohio) each had a helper on the tally at 5:13 in the first. Later in the frame, junior Brian Prost (Parma, Ohio) buried a shot from the left circle off a feed from junior John Kelly (Staten Island, N.Y.) to even the game with a power play goal at 15:51. Nichols claimed a commanding 22-4 lead in shots as each side capitalized on an extra man opportunity.

First-year Tyler Beasley (Indianapolis, Ind.) snapped the 1-alll tie midway through the second period as he finished off a series of rebounds after shots by classmate Frank Butler (East Haven, Conn.) and sophomore Joe Sposit (Cleveland, Ohio) at 10:46. The Bison outshot the visitors 18-5 in the frame and took advantage of a power play opportunity.

Sposit and sophomore Mike Schwartz (Long Beach, N.Y.) struck 1:31 apart to extend the Bison lead. At 6:10, Beasley and sophomore Kyle Shapiro (Ambler, Pa.) as Schwartz beat the goaltender on the stick side for his first goal of the season. Jackson and senior Bryan Gill (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) each had a stick Nichols fourth goal of the evening with 12:19 left in the game.

Western New England junior Eric Sorenson (Fairport, N.Y.) turned aside 48 shots in the setback for the Golden Bears as he fell to 5-7-0 on the season.

Nichols closes out the regular season with a 7:35 p.m. game at Curry on Tuesday night.

Mass. College Hockey: Nichols, Wentworth Skate To 2-2 Tie


Courtesy of our friends from the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this evening release pertaining toward the men’s ice hockey team that skated to a 2-2 tie with ECAC Northeast foe Wentworth Institute of Technology:

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. – The Nichols College and Wentworth Institute of Technology men’s ice hockey teams battled to a 2-2 tie on Wednesday night in a key ECAC Northeast tilt played at Levy Rink. With the result, the Bison move to 12-7-1 overall and 5-3-1 in the conference while the Leopards (10-8-2) continue to pace the league with a 6-2-1 ledger.

After 60 minutes of action, the game headed into a 4-on-4 overtime session that saw Leopard sophomore Seric Kapp (Scheafferstown, Pa.) almost sent everyone home but his shot glanced off the iron 3:25 into the frame. Wentworth peppered Bison first-year goaltender Alex Larson (Madison, Ala.) with four shots as Nichols took two shots of its own.

Nichols sophomore Brett Jackson (Larchmont, N.Y.) dented the scoreboard first as he knocked home a feed from senior Danny Greiner (Columbus, Ohio) at 8:05 into the game. The play began as first-year Frank Butler (East Haven, Conn.) skated down the center of the ice and dished off to Greiner to setup the one-timer. The hosts held a 11-5 lead on shots as each team went 0-for-1 on the power play.

The second period saw each team find the back of the net with the Bison once again on top heading into the locker room. Leopard sophomore Ben Iwanowski (Dorval, Que.) sent in  a shot that glanced off junior Patrick Rice (West Des Moines, Iowa) to even the game at 1-1 just 2:42 into the stanza. At the 7:30 mark, senior Bryan Gill (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) fired a howitzer through traffic as Nichols claimed the 2-1 advantage. Jackson and first-year Sean Fleming (Eastampton, N.J.) were each credited with assists on the goal. Wentworth outshot the Bison 13-9 and had a pair of power play chances while the Bison had one.

The Leopards tied the game for good 47 seconds into the third when rookie Adam Frank (Clarkston, Mich.) took advantage of a power play that carried over from the previous period with help from sophomore Mike Domsodi (Kirkland, Que.) and senior Shaun Jameson (Long Beach, Calif.). Nichols claimed a slim 11-9 lead in shots for the frame and the visitors were on the power play twice early in the period.

Larson (6-5-1) turned away 29 shots for the Bison. Leopard rookie goaltender Joel Miller (Calgary, Alta.) finished the game with a game-best 31 stops as he moves to 7-2-1.

Nichols hosts Becker for the rubber game of the season series at 7:40 p.m. Wentworth entertains Johnson & Wales on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.