SEAHAWK MEN'S ICE HOCKEY RESULTS
Salve Regina 1, Endicott 0
Portsmouth Abbey - Portsmouth, R.I.
Saturday, February 23, 2019
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. - The Salve Regina University men's ice hockey team shutout Endicott College, the top scoring team in the nation, 1-0 to advance to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship game.
Series and Streaks
The Seahawks own a 8-2 record in the all-time series and have won five straight in the series.
Three Stars of the Game
- Salve Regina sophomore Paul Boutoussov (Dana Point, Calif.) scored the game's only goal with 1:05 left in the second period.
- Salve Regina senior Blake Wojtala (Trenton, Mich.) made 36 saves to secure his program-record 11th career shutout and improve to 17-6-2 between the pipes.
- Endicott freshman Conor O'Brien (Pinellas Park, Fla.) also made 36 saves, allowing just the lone goal in the loss to fall to 11-8-2 on the season.
Key Stat of the Game
Salve Regina held the nation's highest scoring offense without a goal. The Gulls came into tonight averaging 5.00 goals per game.
Danny Eruzione (Winthrop, Mass.) picked off a puck while the Gulls were trying to clear their zone and skated towards the net, firing a backhand across the slot that was deflected then punched home by Boutoussov to break a scoreless tie with just 1:05 left in the second period. The score remained 1-0 late into the third period forcing the Gulls to pull their goalie in desperation, but they could not find the equalizer even with a plethora of chances around the net in the final seconds and the Seahawks hung on for the shutout victory.
- The Gulls went 0-for-2 on the powerplay while the Seahawks came up empty as well on their lone chance with the man advantage.
- Salve Regina held a narrow 37-36 shot advantage.
- The Gulls have never scored a goal versus the Seahawks in the postseason, suffering 4-0 and 1-0 losses. Blake Wojtala has stopped all 79 shots he has faced versus the Gulls in the playoffs.
- Salve Regina has now won seven games in a row.
- Salve Regina will host the conference championship for the first time in program history.
Salve Regina (18-6-2) will square off against the University of New England for the fourth time this season on Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m., in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship game. The winner earns an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Endicott ends its season with a final mark of 16-9-2.