Series Record - Suffolk Trails, 0-5-1
BOSTON – The Suffolk men's hockey team is set to make the trip to No. 11 Endicott Saturday, Feb. 17 for its first-ever Commonwealth Coast Conference postseason contest. The quarterfinals clash is set for a 3 p.m. puck drop at Raymond J. Bourque Arena.
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2017-18 CCC MEN'S HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
Quarterfinals – Saturday, Feb. 17
Game 1 - #8 Western New England at #1 Salve Regina – TBA – Live Stats - Video
Game 2 - #5 Nichols at #4 Curry – 4:50 PM
Game 3 - #7 Suffolk at #2 Endicott – 3:00 PM – Live Stats - Video
Game 4 - #6 Wentworth at #3 University of New England – 7:00 PM – Live Stats – Video
Semifinals – Saturday, Feb. 24
Game 5 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 6 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Championship – Saturday, March 3
Game 7 – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
RAMS IN THE CCC PLAYOFFS
Suffolk will make it's first-ever appearance in the CCC postseason.
The Rams locked up the seventh seed with a 6-10-2 league ledger.
LAST TIME OUT
The Suffolk men's hockey team used six unanswered goals to overcome an early three-goal deficit to take down Johnson & Wales, 6-3, in the Rams' regular season finale Saturday night at Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Memorial Rink.
Suffolk (9-12-3) returned to the win column Saturday night with a convincing 6-3 victory over JWU to ride winning momentum into the postseason.
The Rams offense has been propelled by the threesome of Brian Brooks, Mikhail Bryan and Joseph Mortillaro. The trio has combined for 47.7 percent (32) of Suffolk's 67 goals this season. Bryan has a team-best 12 markers, while Brooks and Mortillaro have each found the back of the net 10 times. Brooks leads the team in posts with 25 thanks to a team-high 15 handouts with Bryan coming in second with 19 points (12g, 7a). Mortillaro joins the duo in double figures with 13 points (10g, 3a).
Michael Levine has been a staple in net for Suffolk this season. The junior boasts 653 saves in 21 appearances for a .911 save percentage and a 3.23 GAA.
GET TO KNOW THE GULLS
Endicott (17-5-3) continues to impress in just its third varsity season as the Gulls locked up second place in the CCC standings with a 13-4-1 record versus league foes.
All, but four Gulls who have skated in a contest this season have recorded at least one point, paced by Logan Day and Ross Olsson who each have 35 points to their credit. Day, a junior defenseman, boasts 15 goals and 20 assists, while Olsson, a junior forward, who became the first Endicott player to eclipse the 100 point milestone, owns 16 goals and 19 setups. Daniel Kucervoy is the leader in goals with 18 to go along with 12 assists to sit third on the squad with 30 points.
Justin Ketola and Mark Specia have split the bulk of the action in net for Endicott this season. Ketola brings in a .925 save percentage and a 2.21 GAA appearances and 12 starts, while Specia owns a .919 save percentage and a 2.05 GAA in 14 games played.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Suffolk and Endicott will meet for the seventh time since the series began in 2015. After the teams tied in the first-ever meeting, the Gulls have dominated the series to win five straight versus the Rams to take a 5-0-1 series lead over the blue-and-gold.
WE MEET AGAIN
In the regular-season home-and-home series, Endicott swept the Rams with convincing 7-3, 6-1 victories.
WHAT'S TO COME
The winner of the faceoff will advance to the semifinals and will take on the victor of the University of New England and Wentworth Saturday, Feb. 24.