Rams Look to Salvage Season, Break Slump on Upcoming Road Trip

Chris Frangolini  Journal Staff

It has been almost a month (18 days to be exact) since the men’s hockey team last won a game. The rollercoaster of a ride has been rough on the Rams, but they have stayed resilient.

January had not been a good month for the struggling Rams notching a 2-5-2 record. However, the team has stayed positive and has stayed resilient by not giving up and continuing to fight on.

The team traveled to take on Becker Jan. 26 and fell behind 4-0 on the road before railing back to score three unanswered goals lead by Dan Mazzei’s two points in the game. Mazzei provided the spark Suffolk needed to first get on the board late in the second period and later tallied an assist to Charlie McGinnis in the third period. Suffolk had battled back, but Becker forward Dan Kane’s hat trick and assist lead the Rams to defeat.

The team then traveled to take on Tufts University in the last non-conference game of the season.  Suffolk jumped out early to a 2-0 lead on the road, to just watch it dwindle away. Unlikely hero George Pantazopoulos of Tufts netted two goals in less than a two-minute span (his first two goals of the season) in the third period and lead Tufts to a comeback victory over Suffolk 4-2.

A recurring theme of the Rams season has been falling behind early in the game, especially on the road. That is exactly what happened at Curry this past Thursday, letting up three first period goals. The Rams looked sloppy, only getting off two shots in the first period of play. Momentum was just not on the Rams side, and missed opportunities summed up the night, coming up with four empty power play chances. The Rams were out shot 36-22 and Tufts goaltender Derek Mohney flat-out played the Rams forwards and offensive threats, as the Rams fell 4-1.

The Rams are coming off a tie at home to Salve Regina in which they battled back after trailing in the second period 1-0. Suffolk forward Mike Cherpark netted his 10th goal of the season to tie the game and force overtime. In the extra period of play both teams only managed to get off a total of four shots on goal, resulting in a 1-1 tie.

The Rams close out the season on the road in three of their last four games (at Nichols, at Wentworth, at Western New England, and home vs. Becker). All of the remaining games on the schedule are conference games, and it would be huge for the Rams to make up some ground by winning. Coach Gilonna wants the team “to focus on each game one at a time.”

 

 

 

Men’s Hockey team in slump

 

It has been almost a month (18 days to be exact) since the men’s hockey team last won a game. The rollercoaster of a ride has been rough on the Rams, but they have stayed resilient.

 

January had not been a good month for the struggling Rams notching a 2-5-2 record. However, the team has stayed positive and has stayed resilient by not giving up and continuing to fight on.

 

The team traveled to take on Becker January 26 and fell behind 4-0 on the road before railing back to score three unanswered goals lead by Dan Mazzei’s two points in the game. Mazzei provided the spark Suffolk needed to first get on the board late in the second period and later tallied an assist to Charlie McGinnis in the third period. Suffolk had battled back, but Becker forward Dan Kane’s hat trick and assist lead the Rams to defeat.

 

The team then traveled to take on Tufts University in the last non-conference game of the season.  Suffolk jumped out early, on the road, to a 2-0 lead, to just watch it dwindle away. Unlikely hero George Pantazopoulos of Tufts netted two goals in less than a 2-minute span (his first two goals of the season) in the third period and lead Tufts to a comeback victory over Suffolk 4-2.

 

A recurring theme of the Rams season has been falling behind early in the game, especially on the road. That is exactly what happened at Curry this past Thursday, letting up three first period goals. The Rams looked sloppy, only getting off 2 shots in the first period of play. Momentum was just not on the Rams side, and missed opportunities summed up the night, coming up with four empty power play chances. The Rams were out shot 36-22 and Tufts goaltender Derek Mohney flat-out played the Rams forwards and offensive threats, as the Rams fell 4-1.

 

 

The Rams are coming off a tie at home to Salve Regina in which they battled back after trailing in the second period 1-0. Suffolk forward Mike Cherpark netted his tenth goal of the season to tie the game and force overtime. In the extra period of play both teams only managed to get off a total of 4 shots on goal, resulting in a 1-1 tie.

 

The Rams close out the season on the road in 3 of their last 4 games (at Nichols, at Wentworth, at Western New England, and home vs. Becker). All of the remaining games on the schedule are conference games, and it would be huge for the Rams to make up some ground by winning. Coach Gilonna wants the team “to focus on each game one at a time.”

 

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