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Chilling Reception in the Nutmeg State

The UMass Boston men’s ice hockey team did not have much fun in Connecticut last weekend, dropping a 5-2 game to Wesleyan on Friday, December 5 and then losing the next day, 9-1, to Trinity. The losses dropped the Beacons’ record to 1-5.

With Massachusetts having so much fun dealing with a record amount of early December snow, UMB was trying to ride the good feeling of a 5-4 victory over Plymouth State the week before. It did not, however, come to be for the Beacons.

Wesleyan scored twice in the opening minutes of the game, and three goals total in the first period. It also scored the next two goals, once in the second and once in the third. UMB tallied its two goals in the third fourteen seconds apart, as Brian Sullivan scored his third of the year and Steve Kelleher recorded his second. Both goals came on the power play.

Craig Paster played the first 40 minutes, recording 15 saves while allowing four goals, and Sean Bertoni entered the game at the start of the third, surrendering 1 goal while stopping eight shots.

As unpleasant as the Wesleyan game was for the Beacons, the Trinity game was even worse. UMB gave four goals in each the first and second period as Joseph Ori scored twice. Brandon Kornspan scored the lone goal for the Beacons. Bertoni made 24 saves in his first loss of the year.

The Beacons played their first home game on Wednesday, December 10 against Babson College. The team will be off until the weekend between Christmas and New Year’s as UMass Boston hosts the 39th annual Codfish Bowl, the nation’s second oldest annual college hockey tournament.

The first round games start on Saturday at 5pm and 8pm, and the consolation game will take place at 2pm the following day with the championship game concluding the weekend contests. Worcester State, the University of Southern Maine, and Skidmore will be the other three participants.