FRIDAY, NOV. 30 // 7:00 PM
SATURDAY, DEC. 1 // 4:00 PM
BOSTON – The Suffolk men's hockey team is in store for a weekend road trip to Vermont as the Rams journey to Castleton and No. 13 Norwich. The blue-and-gold will first stop by the Spartans Friday, Nov. 30 for a 7 p.m. clash, before visiting the Cadets Saturday, Dec. 1 for a 4 p.m. puck drop.
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LAST TIME OUT
Suffolk men's hockey made a late comeback, but No. 9/10 UMass Boston used an insurance goal and an empty netter to down the Rams, 6-3, Saturday night at Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Memorial Rink.
MORE READING: No. 9/10 UMass Boston Bests Men's Hockey, 6-3
Suffolk looks to snap a four-game skid and is in the hunt for it's first-ever NEHC win as the Rams head into the weekend 2-5-0 overall and 0-4-0 versus conference competition.
The Rams offense heated back up last weekend with four goals over two goals. Through seven outings this year, Suffolk has found the back of the net 17 times thanks in large part to the senior, sophomore tandem of Mikhail Bryan and Jack Kelly, who each own six points apiece. Bryan has a team-high four assists to go with two goals, while Kelly's stat line mirrors those numbers with a squad-best four markers.
Michael Levine has kept the blue-and-gold in many contests with finesse in between the pipes. The senior netminder carries a .927 save percentage and a 2.34 GAA into the weekend with 177 saves to his credit.
Multiple Rams have been offensive contributors in back-to-back contests this season. Keep up with each players point streak via the chart below.
Castleton found its way in the win column for the first time this season over the Thanksgiving recess with a 3-1 victory over King's. The triumph put the Spartans at 1-6-3 overall. In conference contests, Castleton holds a 0-3-1 ledger.
The Spartans' 19 goals have come off the sticks of 12 different skaters with Asa Palker's and Glenn Wiswell's three each leading the way. Palker sits atop the team in points with six behind his three-goal, three-assist effort, while Wiswell is second on the squad with five on three markers and two set-ups.
Three different goaltenders have seen the ice for Castleton this season. Wyatt Pickrell has the most experience with the senior starting and playing in seven games. He holds a .892 save percentage and a 3.68 GAA. Luke Cohen owns the Spartans lone win with the sophomore picking up the decision in his only outing with a .957 save percentage and a 1.00 GAA effort. Kyle Alaverdy rounds out the trio with a .886 save percentage and a 4.28 GAA over three games and two starts.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk owns the only meeting with Castleton as the Rams defeated the Spartans, 8-2, Nov. 11, 2003.
Norwich (4-2-1, 2-2-0 NEHC), who enters the weekend at No. 13 in both the latest USCHO Coaches Poll and the D3Hockey.com Poll, takes a two-game win streak into the weekend after downing Adrian (3-2) and Middlebury (5-1) to capture the PrimeLink Great Northern ShootOut over Thanksgiving break.
Felix Brassard has been the main ingredient to the Cadets 21-goal offense as the sophomore has scored three himself and helped on five others. Brett Ouderkirk has also scored three goals, while Gabriel Chicoine matches Brassard's assist with five himself. Ouderkirk (3g, 3a) and Chicoine (1g, 5a) share second on the squad in points with six apiece.
Tom Aubrun is Norwich's go-to guy in net. The junior goaltender has started all six of the games he has appeared in. Over those outings, he put together a .889 save percentage and a 2.68 GAA for a 3-2-1 ledger. Adam Mercer has two games and one start under his belt for a 1-0-0 record in which he notched a .953 save percentage and a 1.10 GAA.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk and Norwich will meet for the first time, according to the Rams' record books, which date through the 1999-00 season.
WHAT'S TO COME?
Suffolk wraps up first semester action next weekend in front of its home crowd when it entertains Hobart Friday, Dec. 7 and Skidmore, Saturday, Dec. 8. Both conference clashes are scheduled for 7 p.m. puck drops.