Red Hawks Sweep Pivotal Weekend

When college athletics schedules are made, managers and coaches have no idea what the implications may be from game to game. This weekends implications were evident the week prior to the games as the ACHA released their regional rankings for all games played through October 31st. The rankings showed Boston College at #1 and Montclair State at the #2 spot. After suffering a loss to #4 Siena last weekend, it was important for the Hawks to respond. Bryant University came into Saturday evening’s game ranked #11 in the Northeast, and proved to be deserving of a top 15 ranking. Meanwhile, Montclair State was not dressing five players, for various reasons. Included in the 5 players that sat out were senior captain Doug Kubek and 2010/2011 MVP Nick Lieback. "It's something within our team that needed to be done. They are all key players and were definitely missed, but we live by a code here. No player or staff member is above that", Frank Barone said.

With several new players in the line-up Montclair State came out a little stale surrendering a goal two minutes into the game and found themselves down 1-0. The Red Hawks would rally late in the period getting goals from Tyler Timek and John Tully in the last minute of the period to take a 2-1 advantage into the second period. Joe Redmon and John Talamo would score in the second to widen the lead to 4-1 after the second period. Tyler Timek would score short handed midway through the third period to make the score 5-1. Kevin Fox was then removed from the game for rest and Joe Fede entered the game on the Bryant power play. Unfortunately, the first two shots that Fede saw found the back of the net. "There was nothing he could have done on either play. It was a difficult situation for him to be thrown in to, but he battled back and played fine". Fede who carried the team during Fox's injury last season, stopped the remaining 11 shots Bryant threw his way to close out the game with a 5-3 win.

Sunday afternoon's game would prove to live up to the billing, as Boston College came into the game a top of the Northeast. Last season Montclair State defeated the Golden Eagles in the regional semi finals to earn their second straight trip to the National Tournament in San Jose. Boston College, definitely looked to exact revenge on the Red Hawks. Similar to the previous nights contest, Montclair would allow an early goal within the first 2 minutes on the power play to go down 1-0. Captain Doug Kubek would score a power play goal of his own off of an Albert Abaunza pass to tie the game late in the 1st period. Albert Abaunza would score a goal of his own towards the end of the period to once again take a lead in into the locker room after the 1st period. The 2nd period would be a battle of wills and goaltenders as each team threw pucks to the net and played very physical hockey. Each team exchanged numerous chances but each goaltender kept the pucks out.

Cody Inglis would score 6 minutes into the third period to push the lead to 2 goals. However, Boston College would continue to pressure and Kevin Fox had an answer for all of the Eagles' advances except for Cody Kings shot with 3 minutes remaining in the game. With a 3-2 lead and little momentum left, The Red Hawks won several key one on one battles and played their typical defensively minded game. With under a minute remaining Boston College pulled goaltender Ryan Polischuk for an extra attacker. In the final seconds, Eagles defense man Chris Cobb made a great play to keep the puck in the Red Hawks zone and wound up to take a shot at Fox. Junior Cody Inglis went down on a knee to take away the shooting lane and blocked the blast in an unfavorable spot, and the puck then trickled out of the zone. That blocked shot would subsequently end the game with a 3-2 Red Hawks win, arguably the biggest win of their season. "If he doesn't block that shot, who knows? It's a perfect example of how hard these guys play and what they are willing to sacrifice for their team".