Chris Frangolini Journal Staff
The Suffolk University men’s hockey team ended their season with a 2-2 tie at Steriti Rink against Becker College. Becker was the last game of the season and there was still a lot to play for despite both team’s sub .500 record. The Rams fore-check looked impressive early on and they had taken an early two-goal lead in the first period with both goals by Charlie McGinnis. The Rams lead for a majority of the game but looked too relaxed and content with the score. The Rams let Becker score two early goals in the third period to relinquish the lead, and end in a 2-2 tie in overtime.
Despite the Rams lack of success in the last month of the season (0-7-3) they did stay aggressive and kept on fighting. There are some positives to take out of the season. We witnessed a good hockey team fight hard all season long; don’t let their overall record of (6-13-6) fool you.
First and foremost, the Rams need to play better conference hockey; those are the games that mean the most. The Rams only won three conference games (3-7-4) and were outscored 49-40. However, the Rams did battle back in a lot of those games, because they had an act for falling behind early in games. The team is young and lacks experience, but head Coach Chris Glionna will figure out the formula for success in the offseason.
Also, freshman goalie Brandon Smolarek and sophomore goalie Brett Roman showed flashes of greatness. These young goalies will get better with time. Plus with Suffolk’s top two scoring leaders, Charlie McGinnis (with 23 points) coming back for his senior year, and Tim Sprague (with 18 points) coming back for his junior season, look for them to continue to score and help Suffolk win games.
In a nut shell, the team is young and lacks experience, but Suffolk’s head Coach Chris Glionna, all-time hockey wins leader, will figure out the formula for success in the off-season. “Having the most wins in nice but my real goal is to bring the school its first ECAC Championship.” The Rams will bounce back next season, and the future is bright for this young, tough hockey team.