EYES ON THE GAME
BOSTON – Coming off a 4-1 win at Fitchburg State Tuesday night, Suffolk men's hockey transitions back to New England Hockey Conference action where it will take on Johnson & Wales in a home-and-home series this weekend. The Rams first welcome the Wildcats to Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Memorial Rink Friday, Jan. 11 for a 7 p.m. showdown before heading down to Pawtucket, Rhode Island the following day, Saturday, Jan. 12 for a 4 p.m. matchup at Lynch Arena.
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LAST TIME OUT
Four different Rams scored and Will Ribas had a career-night in between the pipes as Suffolk men's hockey returned to the win column with a 4-1 victory over Fitchburg State Tuesday night at the Wallace Civic Center.
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Suffolk's return to the win column pushed the Rams to 5-9 on the season.
Four different Rams found the back of the net Tuesday night to give the blue-and-gold a total of 36 goals through 14 games this season. Tommy Bishop and Jack Kelly are the biggest threats when it comes to scoring as the senior and sophomore have potted six goals apiece. Mikhail Bryan is also a consistent contributor to the offense with five goals to his credit and a team-best 10 helpers for a team-high 15 points.
Michael Levine has played the bulk of the action in net for Suffolk and brings a 2.85 GAA and .912 save percentage into the weekend. Will Ribas, meanwhile, put together a career-night at Fitchburg State and enters the conference action with a .929 save percentage and a 2.25 GAA.
Johnson & Wales has fallen in its last five games including a 6-2 setback at Stonehill last Saturday that put the Wildcats at 3-10-2 on the season. In conference action, JWU sits 1-5-1.
Connor Bechtel is the main catalyst to the Wildcats attack with six goals and five assists to be the only skater on JWU's squad to eclipse double digit points. Connor Cassidy (2g, 6a) and Matt Bernot (5g, 2a) add sparks to the offense.
Mike Rockwell has played the most time in net for the Wildcats. The sophomore goaltender enters the weekend with a .889 save percentage and a 4.09 GAA. Tyler Ellor (2.29 GAA, .939 save percentage) and Joe Noonan (4.24 GAA, .899 save percentage) have also defended the pipes for JWU this season.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk captured it's fourth-ever win over the Wildcats in the team's last meeting Feb. 10, 2018 when the Rams clipped JWU, 6-3.
- Overall, Suffolk sits 6-22-3 overall versus Johnson & Wales.
Suffolk is scheduled for a full home weekend of NEHC action when it entertains Southern Maine (Jan. 18) and New England College (Jan. 19) at Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Memorial Rink.