DORCHESTER, Mass.--Sophomore Jake Farabee (pictured, Cicero, N.Y.) potted a second period goal to highlight the day for the Camels in a 9-1 loss to the 12th ranked team in the nation, UMass-Boston, in the opening round of the 52nd Annual Codfish Bowl hosted by the Beacons in Dorchester today.
The Beacons scored three goals in the first period, two more in the second and four in the final stanza, to avenge their 2015 Codfish Bowl loss against the Camels.
UMass-Boston (7-3-2) will meet Salve Regina in tomorrow's championship game at 4 p.m. The Seahawks (7-2-2) won a shoot-out in a 2-2 draw with Franklin Pierce tonight.
That will set up an interesting clash between the two premier small college athletic conferences in Division 2 and 3 when the Ravens from Franklin Pierce (6-7-1) take on the Camels (1-7-1) in a 1:00 p.m. matchup Friday.
Ryan Cusin (Detroit, Mich.) led four Beacons who had three-point days, as the freshman first-line forward netted a pair of goals and tacked on an assist. Sophomore Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) and freshman Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) each had a goal and two assists, while senior Brett Mason (Rowley, Mass.) tacked on three assists.
Freshman goalie Jordan Bustard (Flanders, N.J.) stopped 25 of 26 shots over the opening 56 minutes for the Beacons. Sophomore Jake Kahler (Rome, N.Y.) came on to make three saves in the final 4:01.
Junior Tim Cooney (Rocky Hill., Conn.) was the first of three Camels in net today. Cooney made five saves on eight shots in the opening period of play. Avery Gobbo (Mississauga, Ont.) collected 16 of his 21 stops in the second period of action before Austin Essery (Rockfall, Conn.) closed out the contest, stopping three shots over the closing 11:58 of action.
Camel Tracks (Not Including Thursday's Game):
After dropping their first four games, the Camels have played much better in recent weeks, taking points in two of their past four games. The Camels earned a key point in a 1-1 draw with Colby December 9. Jeff Thompson (Shelburne, Vt.) netted the equalizer in the third period and has accounted for eight points with four goals and four assists this season to rank third in offensive production among all first year skaters in the conference.
Senior Brian Belisle (Cumberland, R.I.) is third in the NESCAC with his six goals scored and has added two assists to share the team lead in scoring with his eight point output. Senior captain Joe Giordano (Ellington, Conn.) has doled out five assists and is the team's leading active scorer with 16 goals and 31 assists for a total of 47 points. Avery Gobbo has registered a 3.09 goals against average with a .903 save percentage to rank in the top 10 in both key categories in his first year in goal.