Top Seed Endicott Downs UNE in CCC Semifinal

BEVERLY, Mass. -- Endicott struck for three goals in a span of 69 seconds late in the 3rd quarter to gain some separation from No. 4 University of New England, on the way to a 15-6 win in the semifinal round of the CCC championship on Wednesday evening (May 1) at Endicott Stadium.

As the tournament's No. 1 seed, the Gulls (13-5) will now host second-seeded Western New England University (a 17-3 winner over Roger Williams University) in Saturday's title game.

Big Blue (13-5) will now await word on a possible ECAC New England Championship bid. The ECAC field will be announced on Monday.

Endicott started the scoring with a little over six minutes gone in the 1st period, and the teams traded goals until it was 3-2 at the end of the stanza.

The Gulls managed to extend the gap in the 2nd frame, netting the only two goals of the session. EC out-shot its opponent by a 26-9 margin in the half, testing UNE first-year goalie John Dusel (Wilbraham, Mass.) into making 10 saves to help keep his side close.

After exchanging the initial four goals of the 3rd to where Endicott led 7-4 with the majority of the quarter complete, the Gulls seized control with the three-goal spurt starting at the 2:51 mark that bumped the cushion to six as the final period began.

For the game, the hosts nearly doubled-up UNE in shots, 51-26, and held a commanding advantage at the face-off X, where Sam Ozycz won 24 of 25 restarts (18 ground balls).

The attack was balanced for the Gulls, with Harrison Cotter and Joshua Tordik recording three goals each. Tordik also assisted on five scores for Endicott, which received two goals from Conner McCormack, Peter Erickson, and Scott McCormack. Cameron Bell made four stops in goal.

Dusel ended with 13 saves for the Nor'easters, in addition to a team-high eight ground balls. Junior Pat Wolfe (Phippsburg, Maine) paced the offense with a pair of goals, while juniors Nick Gross (Kennebunk, Maine) and Dan O'Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.), along with sophomores Shamus Higginbottom (New Milford, Conn.) and Andrew Kelly (Sudbury, Conn.), registered the other scores for UNE.

Big Blue senior Tyler Thomas (Mount Pleasant, N.Y.) dished out three assists to bring his career total to 93, surpassing his brother Dylan '12 (92) for the most in program history. Tyler had entered the 2013 season already the school's leader in points, and took over first place in goals during a mid-year contest against Wentworth.

UNE's second four-game win streak of the season came to an end with the decision. It had started back on April 16 when the Nor'easters defeated Endicott in Biddeford, 11-10 -- a victory that snapped a 19-game skid to the Gulls.

2013-05-02



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