BEVERLY, Mass. – Endicott freshman Ross Olsson (Billerica, Mass.) buried one goal and set up three others to lead the Gulls to a 6-1 league victory over Becker College on Wednesday night at Raymond J. Bourque Arena.
Becker jumped onto the scoreboard just 29-seconds into the contest as junior winger Gerald Owen (Chesapeake, Va.) put home a rebound in front of the crease, but after that it was all Endicott.
Gulls' freshman Joseph Slovak (South Yarmouth, Mass.) evened the score at 4:13 of the period, while classmate Tommy Besinger (Milton, Mass.) gave Endicott a 2-1 advantage with his first career tally at 5:09. Besinger received a drop pass from Olsson at the right face-off circle and followed with a quick deke move across the crease before lifting a shot into the upper left corner of the net past Hawks' goalie Tyler Stepke (Mars, Pa.).
Thomas Daniels (St. Louis, Mo.) closed out the first period with his fourth goal of the season at 14:17, while Cam Bleck (Lake Forest, Ill.), Carter Horwitz (Tustin, Calif.), and Olsson all went on to find the back of the net over the remaining 40 minutes of play. During that stretch, Olsson dished out an assist on Daniels' and Horwitz's (4:30, 3rd period) tallies.
Endicott freshman goaltender Kevin Aldridge (Beverly Hills, Mich.) stopped 39 shots in the win (13-8-2), while Stepke made 21 saves in the loss (6-10-1). Becker backup goaltender Greg Hussey (Medford, Mass.) also recorded 28 saves in a reserve role over the remaining 32:06 of play in the matchup.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Olsson's four points tonight established a new single-game program record. Olsson's three assists in tonight's victory is also a single-game program record.
- Endicott is now 2-0 in the all-time series versus Becker.
- The Gulls have outscored the Hawks, 10-3, during that span.
- Endicott won 47 faceoffs on the night, which a game-high 16 wins from Josh Bowes (Sturgeon County, Alberta, Canada).
- John Carricato (Ridge, N.Y.) followed with 13 face-off wins, while Besinger had 12.
- Defensively, Ryan Dougherty (Sterling Heights, Mich.) blocked a game-high four shots.
- Aldridge stopped 30-plus shots for the 12th time this season.
FOR THE FOES
- Owen's goal in tonight's loss was his fifth this season.
- Nikolas Nasby (Newberg, Ore.) and Conner Allison (Hillsboro, Ore.) tied for the team-high in block shots with three apiece.
- Allison also won a team-high ten faceoffs.
Endicott (13-8-2, 9-4-1 ECAC Northeast) hosts Western New England University next Wednesday at Raymond J. Bourque Arena at 7 p.m. Becker (8-13-1, 4-8-1 ECAC Northeast) travels to Suffolk University this Saturday at 7 p.m.