- Leopards enter the CCC Tournament for the second straight season, and will take a run at theirseventh conference championship
- Just a year ago, the Leopards played UNE in the Quarterfinal, again as the #6/#3 seeds. Ranked No. 6 at the time in the USCHO and DIII Men's Hockey Poll, the Nor'easters downed Wentworth by a 6-3 score
- WIT is 1-5-1 all-time against UNE, including a 7-5 victory against the then No. 12/13 Nor'easters this season. The victory was their first against UNE since the two teams began competition in 2017
- Wentworth has knocked off two ranked teams this season (No. 12/13 UNE; No. 14/15 Salve Regina) , which both came within a week of the other
- UNE holds 1-0 record against Wentworth in the postseason
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Wentworth enters the postseason at 8-13-4 overall with a 6-10-1 record against league opponents. The Leopards highlighted their strong schedule by knocking off two ranked teams, which proved to be crucial conference victories against 2018 NCAA Championship finalist Salve Regina and UNE.
In the Leopards waning games of the regular season, Wentworth also knocked off powerhouse Endicott College for the second time in the two team's nine meetings. Trailing 4-2 with 7:38 remaining in the second period, the Leopards rolled off five unanswered goals in a span of 11:45 to take a 7-4 victory over the Gulls on home ice in Everett.
Junior Georgy Gorodetsky (Yekaterinburg, Russia) paced the Leopards offensively this season, and was named to the third team after a vote of the league's head coaches, which was announced on Tuesday. Playing in 23 of Wentworth's 25 games, Gorodetsky has scored 16 goals and assisted on 14 others for 30 points. He leads his teammates in both goals and points while he is second in assists. Additionally, five of his 16 markers have come on the power play, which is second on the team. Gorodetsky scored 12 of his points (six goals, six assists) this season during a six-game scoring streak from January 25-February 16.
With his 30 points, he is the first Leopard skater to score 30 or more points in a season since the 2011-2012 campaign and he is the first Wentworth forward to earn all-conference honors since the 2014-2015 season.
THEIR LAST MEETING
Junior Connor Busch (Lake in the Hills, Ill.) scored with 13:18 remaining in regulation to snap a 5-all tie and senior Ethan Weiss (Troy, Mich.) had a five-point night, including scoring an empty-net goal to seal the game as the Leopards came all the way back to defeat UNE on January 26th. The win was the first-ever in seven meetings between the two schools for the Leopards.
Wentworth got on the board nearly halfway through the period when senior Adam Lane (Sarnia, Ont.) scored from junior Nate Chase (Plainfield, Ill.) and Weiss before Morgan and freshman Aaron Aragon (Whittier, Calif.) set up senior Tucker Ross (Ashburn, Va.) on the power play at 12:48. The high-scoring period ended with freshman Jake McKenelley (Middleton, Mass.) scoring a power-play goal from Tracey and Weiss at 19:05.
Just 20 seconds into the third period, McKenelley scored his second of the game, coming on the power play, as Weiss recorded his fourth assist of the contest on the goal. While both teams had chances to break the stalemate, Busch broke free through the zone and beat junior Tate Sproxton (Surrey, B.C.) to the left side, giving the Black & Gold their first lead of the night. With 1:10 remaining, Sproxton was pulled for an extra attacker and UNE had a pair of chances to tie the game; both of which were denied by freshman Ryan Bonnvie (Falmouth, Maine). With the Nor'Easters attacking one last time, senior Paul Filippone, III (Cranston, R.I.) and Lane helped clear the puck to Weiss, whose goal with seven seconds left from inside the neutral zone, iced the with for the hosts.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
OVERALL SEASON LEADERS
- GOALS ~ Georgy Gorodetsky-16 | Nate Chase-11 | Jake McKennelly-10 | Adam Tracey-10
- ASSISTS ~ Ethan Weiss-15 | Georgy Gorodetsky-14 | Adam Tracey-13
- POINTS ~ Georgy Gorodetsky-30 | Nate Chase-23 | Adam Tracey-23 | Jake McKenelley-20
- GOALS ~ Ryan Bloom-16 | Brady Fleurent-13 | Tyler Seltenreich-12 | Brett Mecrones-11 | Austin Morgan-10
- ASSISTS ~ Brady Fleurent-28 | Dimitris Jones-20 | Ryan Bloom-18
- POINTS ~ Brady Fleurent-41 | Ryan Bloom-34 | Dimitris Jones-23 | Tyler Seltenreich-21 | Brett Mecrones-21
ALL-CONFERENCE PLAYERS APPEARING IN TONIGHT'S GAME
F - Ryan Bloom, Jr., U. of New England
F - Brady Fleurent, Sr., U. of New England
D - Dimitris Jones, Jr., U. of New England
G - Ben Churchfield, So., U. of New England
F - Georgy Gorodetsky, Jr., Wentworth
Player of the Year - Brady Fleurent, U. of New England