BOSTON, MA -- The Williams Ephs (5-3-0, 4-2-0 NESCAC) lost to UMass Boston (11-3-0, 6-2-0 LEC) 9-3 this afternoon at the 53rd Annual Codfish Bowl Invitational.
"UMass has a great team," noted Williams head coach Mike Monti. "They have depth and firepower up front. Coming in we knew that they were a team with a lot of individual skill."
In net for UMass Boston this afternoon was Bailey MacBurnie. The starting goalie for the Ephs was junior Michael Pinios, though Pinios, senior Stephen Morrissey, and sophomore Jake Pelton all saw action in the contest.
The Beacons got on the board first in the contest, their opening goal coming at just :50 seconds in the period, as Colin Larkin (13th goal) fired one past Pinios on a play assisted by Garrison Sanipass (second assist) and Zach Bross (16th assist).
UMass Boston doubled their lead several minutes later. At 8:19, Jack Riley scored his second goal of the season on a play assisted by David MacGregor (fourth assist). This brought the score to 2-0.
The Ephs brought the game back to within one at 15:06 of the first period, when Eph junior Roberto Cellini cashed in his third goal of the season, assisted on the play by sophomore Peter Christie (third assist) and freshman Mike Armstrong (first assist). This brought the score to 2-1.
Eph senior David Italiano was called to the box for cross-checking near the period's close, a power play opportunity which the Beacons took advantage of. Colin Larkin fired off his second goal of the game at 19:30 (14th goal), with Nolan Redler (seventh assist) and Garrison Sanipass (third assist) earning assists on the power play goal. This goal brought the score to 3-1 after the first 20 minutes of play.
After the first period, shot count was 13-11 for UMass Boston.
Williams made a goaltending change heading into the second period of play, senior Stephen Morrissey taking over as the netminder for the majority of the game's remaining duration.
UMass Boston scored the sole goal of the second period, coming on a power play opporutunity after Roberto Cellini went to the box for elbowing. At 19:57, Nick Albano (third goal) was able to finesse one past Morrissey, with Zach Bross (17th assist) and Colin Larkin (12th assist) earning assists on the play to bring the score to 4-1.
After two periods of play, UMass boston led in shot count 26-17.
There were seven goals scored in the final twenty minutes. The first came at 2:34, when Beacon Tyler Sifferlen (third goal) got one past the Eph defensive unit on a play facilitated by teammate Nick Albano (15th assist). This goal brought the score to 5-1.
The Ephs responded at 4:38 on a power play, after a penalty was called on Beacon Bailey MacBurnie for roughing. Freshman Jack McCool was able to cash in his second goal of the season on the man advantage, and was assisted by Cellini (fifth assist). The score was now 5-2.
UMass Boston brought their lead to four goals at 6:37, when Tyler Sifferlen scored his second consecutive goal of the game (fourth goal), Sifferlan assisted by David MacGregor (fifth assist) on the play.
The Beacons scored again following a 5-3 power play opportunity (Cellini penalty for slashing, junior Keanu Hilaire penalty for cross-checking). At 7:41, Nick Albano (fourth goal) solidified a five goal lead for his team with the two man advantage. Nolan Redler (eighth assist) and Colin Larkin (13th assist) were awarded assists on the play.
The Ephs scored their final goal of the game at 13:12, senior C.J. Shugart (fifth goal) firing one past MacBurnie on a play assisted by freshman Bobby Beniers (second assist). This goal brought the score to 7-3.
The Beacons scored the final two goals of the game. The first came from Jack Riley (third goal) at 16:07, with assists from Sifferlen (fifth assist) and MacGregor (sixth assist), the score 8-3.
The last goal of the game, bringing the final score to 9-3, came from Dominic Blad (first goal), with assists from Justin Holliday (second assist) and Cody Wickline (ninth assist). This goal came at 17:07.
Following this goal, the Ephs changed goaltenders once again, with sophomore Jake Pelton getting a few minutes of play in before the game's close.
The game ended with a score of 9-3 for the Beacons, with the shot totals coming in at 42-25 for UMass Boston.
"Every game is unique," commented Monti. "And regardless of the scores, you have to take things away from it. Good things, things to work on, things to improve for tomorrow."
The Ephs will play tomorrow at 1:00 PM, facing off against the loser of the Adrian vs. Salve Regina game taking place this afternoon.
UMass Boston will face the winner of that same Adrian vs. Salve Regina matchup, with puck drop occurring tomorrow at 4:00 PM for the championship game.