Posted: Jan 27, 2016
CHARLESTOWN, Mass. - Freshman Parker Wood netted a pair of goals to lead Endicott to a 6-3 ECAC Northeast ice hockey victory over Suffolk Wednesday evening at Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Memorial Rink.
Wood staked the visiting Gulls (11-6-2, 7-2-1 ECAC Northeast) to a 2-0 advantage after the opening 20 minutes of play and after the teams traded tallies in the middle stanza, goals off the sticks of freshmen Shamus Maloney and Carter Horwitz extended Endicott's edge to 5-1 with just over four minutes remaining.
Markers by junior Justin Selep and sophomore Shayne Bailey in a 1:12 span late in the frame enabled the host Rams (11-5-2, 6-2-2 ECAC Northeast) to close back to within a pair at 5-3 with 56 seconds to play, but sophomore Connor Costello's empty netter in the final second of action sealed the visitors' triumph and lifted the Gulls into sole possession of first place in the league standings in just their first varsity season of competition.
Freshman Joseph Kaszupski also scored in the win for Endicott, which received assists from fellow freshmen Thomas Daniels, Ross Olsson, Trey Olson, Alex Marcinek, Lloyd Hayes, Colin Powell and John Carricato.
Freshman Connor Parent accounted for Suffolk's first goal of the contest early in the second period, as the Rams received helpers off the sticks of senior Mike Cherpak, junior Danyil Medvedev, sophomore Luke Miller and freshmen Mikhail Bryan and Tommy Bishop.
Freshman Kevin Aldridge picked up his 11th win of the season with a 28-save effort in goal for Endicott, while senior Brandon Smolarek made 23 stops in the setback for Suffolk. The Rams outshot the Gulls by a 31-29 margin on the evening in seeing their three-game winning streak come to an end.
Suffolk hosts Western New England in an ECAC Northeast match-up on Saturday evening at O'Neil Rink that faces off at 7:00 p.m.