FEBURARY 10 | 7:00 pm
Series Record - Suffolk Trails, 3-22-4
BOSTON – The Suffolk men's hockey team caps off its 2017-18 home slate Saturday, Feb. 10 as the Rams welcome Johnson & Wales to Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Memorial Rink. After honor the playing careers of Suffolk's four graduating seniors - Shayne Bailey, Jack Jenkins, Sam Kent and J.B. Sweeney – the Rams and Wildcats will meet in a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.
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Over the course of their careers, the four Rams helped Suffolk to multiple milestones, including national recognition in the USCHO Coaches Poll as freshmen and back-to-back ECAC Northeast Tournament appearances in 2014-15 and 2015-16. After skating in the inaugural CCC season as juniors, the quartet helped Suffolk clinch a spot in the CCC post-season tournament for the Rams first appearance in CCC playoffs this year.
The four seniors have combined for 50 points throughout their careers and led Suffolk to 39 victories.
LAST TIME OUT
Mikhail Bryan put away a pair of goals to help the Suffolk men's hockey team comeback and tie Johnson & Wales, 2-2, Thursday night at Lynch Arena.
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Suffolk has clinched the seventh seed in the CCC Tournament, which marks the Rams first appearance in the CCC post-season, with an 8-12-3 overall record and a 5-10-2 ledger.
Since switching to offense from the blue line, Mikhail Bryan has added tremendously to Suffolk's scoring. The junior boasts a team-best 12 goals to lead the way to go along with six assists to six second on the squad in points at 18. Bryan's linemate Brian Brooks anchors the Rams' offensive unit as the sophomore has eight goals and a team-high 15 assists to be the lone Ram with 20-plus points at 23. Matt Bucher and Jack Kelly own identical stat lines of six strikes and eight helpers to land third on the team.
In net, Michael Levine is Suffolk's go-to goalie. The junior holds a 3.23 GAA and a .910 save percentage in 20 appearances.
Johnson & Wales kept its post-season hopes alive Thursday night thanks to its 2-2 tie with the Rams. Now at 5-18-1 on the year and 3-13-1 in league play, the Wildcats look to clinch a spot in the conference's eight with either a tie or a win.
Five different Wildcats have surpassed double digit points on the season paced by Ryan Sete's 19 on a team-best 10 goals and nine handouts. Victor Carlsson sits second on the squad with 17 points thanks to eight goals and nine helpers, while Graham Day rounds out the top three scorers for JWU with 14 points with six markers and eight set-ups.
Freshman Mike Rockwell is the starting netminder for JWU. In 21 games this season, he owns a 3.65 GAA and a .903 save percentage.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Suffolk and JWU skated to a 2-2 tie Thursday night, which marks just the fourth in the all-time series dating back to the 1999-00 season. In the 31st meeting, Suffolk will look for its first victory over the Wildcats since Nov. 14, 2014, a 2-1 decision in overtime.
WHAT'S TO COME
Suffolk awaits the final seeding of the 2018 CCC Men's Hockey Tournament.