WORCESTER, Mass. – Becker College fell to Suffolk University 4-3 in Commonwealth Coast Conference men's hockey action Saturday evening at the Fidelity Worcester Ice Center. The win lifts the Rams record to 8-8-2 (5-6-1 CCC), while the Hawks fall to 4-13-1 (2-10-0 CCC).
After a scoreless opening period, Suffolk got on the board 5:48 into the second when Joseph Mortillaro (Tampa, Fla.) and Jack Kelly (Arlington, Mass.) broke free on a breakaway. Mortillaro fed Kelly near the left post to put the Rams on the board with a shorthanded goal.
Becker responded at the 9:10 mark of the second period when Corey Schafer (Johnstown, Pa.) gather a rebound on an Austin Siering (Dover, N.H.) shot, tying the game at 1-1. The Hawks would take the lead at the 15:40 mark on a James Wallace (Levittown, Pa.) goal. John Dutney (Hudson, Mass.) took a wrist shot that redirected off the crossbar to Wallace, who poked it into the net to give Becker a 2-1 lead at the second intermission.
Suffolk came out firing in the third period as the Rams tallied three unanswered goals. Mikhail Bryan (Dayton, Ohio) knotted the game a 2-2 with a slapshot into the top left corner of the Becker net just 53 seconds into the third. The Rams took the lead when Nick Mosher (Cumming, Ga.) fed Connor Parent (Danvers, Mass.) for a one-timer to put the visitors in front 3-2. Mikhail Bryan netted what proved to be the game winner at the 12:14 mark, with assists from Brian Brooks (Canton, Mass.) and Jack Kelly.
Just 20 seconds later, Becker pulled themselves within one on a Trey McMillen (Grapevine, Texas) goal. A Becker penalty with 2:28 remaining forced the Hawks to keep goalie Richard D'Ortenzio (Holliston, Mass.) in the net until there was just 19 seconds remaining in regulation. The Hawks had a faceoff in the Suffolk zone with 17 seconds remaining, but couldn't get the equalizer as the Rams held on for the 4-3 victory.
Suffolk goaltender Michael Levine (Claredon Hill, Ill.) earned the victory after making 27 saves. Richard D'Ortenzio suffered the loss for Becker after turning away 27 shots.
Becker returns to action on Thursday, January 25th when they host the University of New England in CCC action at 7:00 p.m. Suffolk will host CCC rival Curry College on Friday, January 26th at 7:00 p.m.