FEBRUARY 2 | 7:00 PM
Series Record - Suffolk Trails, 0-3-1
BOSTON – With just two Commonwealth Coast Conference home-and-home series remaining, the Suffolk men's hockey team will face its toughest opponent to date in Endicott. The Rams will entertain the Gulls at Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Memorial Rink Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m., before the blue-and-gold makes the trip to Beverly, Massachusetts, for a 3 p.m. face-off.
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LAST TIME OUT
The Suffolk men's hockey team was shutout by Commonwealth Coast Conference counterpart Curry, 4-0, Saturday night at Max Ulin Rink.
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Suffolk was swept in the series with Curry, falling in a heated 5-4 battle, before being blanked by the Colonels, 4-0, to dip to 8-10-2 on the season and 5-8-1 in league action, good for seventh place.
The Rams' 2.75 goals per game offense is led by sophomore Brian Brooks' 19 points on seven markers and a team-high 12 assists. Junior Mikhai Bryan is second on the squad with a team-best nine goals and five helpers for 14 points. Matt Bucher (5g, 8a), Jack Kelly (5g, 5a) and Joseph Mortillaro (8g, 3a) have also racked double figure points for the blue-and-gold this season.
Michael Levine has been Suffolk's go-to goalie this season. The junior holds a 2.89 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.
GET TO KNOW THE GULLS
Endicott, who came in No. 9 in the latest USCHO.com poll and No. 10 in the D3hockey.com poll, was swept by then-No. 10/11 Salve Regina last weekend, by 5-1 and 6-2 decisions, to move to 15-4-2 overall and 11-3-0 in league play.
The Gulls, who are still in first place in the league standings, have 14 different skaters with 10 or more points. Ross Olsson leads the way with 28 points on 11 goals and 17 handouts. Daniel Kucerovy is the most potent scorer for Endicott with the junior finding the back of the net 17 times in 21 games this season to go along with nine handouts to sit second on the squad with 26 points. Logan Day (11g, 13a), Jason Kalinowski (7g, 15a) and Josh Bowes (10g, 10a) also eclipsed the 20-point mark thus far.
Three different netminders have seen action in between the pipes for the Gulls this year with Justin Ketola and Mark Specia have split the most action. Specia, who is 8-1-0 on the year, brings in a 1.74 GAA and a .930 save percentage, while Ketola holds a 2.21 GAA and a .925 save percentage for a 7-3-2 record.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Suffolk and Endicott rivalry is fairly new with the team's first meeting in the 2015-16 season. After tying the Gulls in the first meeting, the Rams have fallen in three straight to Endicott to trail the all-time series, 0-3-1.
WHAT'S TO COME
Suffolk concludes the regular season as it faces Johnson & Wales. The Rams will first travel to the Wildcats home rink Thursday, Feb. 8, before welcome JWU to Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Memorial Rink Saturday, Feb. 10 for Senior Night.