HOOKSETT, N.H. - In the opening game of the 23rd Manchester PAL/Stovepipe Tournament, the Suffolk men's hockey team went down to the wire against its Bay State rival UMass Dartmouth, but the Corsairs outdid the Rams, 5-4, Saturday afternoon at the Ice Den.
SCORE: Suffolk 4, UMass Dartmouth 5
RECORDS: Suffolk (2-5-2) | UMass Dartmouth (4-4-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a scoreless opening, UMass Dartmouth quickly built a two-goal lead over a 3:31 span. The Corsairs struck first just 8:47 into the period and again at 12:18 to go up 2-0. Dartmouth held off the Rams over the first 20 to take a 2-0 advantage.
Danyil Medevdev put Suffolk on the scoreboard just 18 seconds into the second stanza as the senior kept his point streak alive with his fourth score of the season. After UMass rebuilt its two-goal lead, less than a minute passed before Tommy Bishop struck for his first goal of the day and the sophomore put his second away with under one minute remaining before the second intermission to tie things up at 3-all.
The Corsairs regained their advantage once again in the third frame on a shorthanded goal with just under 13 minutes remaining in regulation. A Dartmouth goal at 18:27 put the Rams in a two-goal hole once agai. Justin Holliday responded for the Rams 28 seconds later, but Suffolk's last ditch effort was not enough as the Corsairs went on to lock up the 5-4 win.
UMass Dartmouth held a slim upper hand in shots, 44-40, and inside the faceoff circle, 46-41.
A foursome of Rams contributed four-point efforts in Bishop (2 goals), Holliday (1 goal, 1 assist), Medvedev (1 goal, 1 assist) and Parent (2 assists).
KEEPING UP WITH THE KEEPERS
Suffolk sophomore Michael Levine faced 40 shots in the non-conference contest and set aside 35.
Drew Michals made 40 saves for the Corsairs inside the pipes.
With Medvedev's fourth goal of the season, he stretched his point streak to four. During that stretch he has five points on four goals and one assist.
Bishop is now on a three-game point streak. The streak, which matches the longest of his career, features three goals and one assist.
Suffolk will take the ice in the consolation game tomorrow afternoon against tournament host SNHU. Puck drop between the Rams and Penmen is slated for 1:30 p.m.