Venturoso Stops 52, Suffolk Wins 4-3
In his first start ever for the Rams, freshman goaltender Kevin Venturoso was the hero in a 4-3 win against Tuft’s University on Wednesday. Venturoso was tested often, but finished the evening with a whopping 52 saves. The gutty goaltending moves the Rams to 5-7-1 on the season.
“I just needed to cover everything up, keep everything to the corners, didn’t want to leave anything out front for them to bang anything home.” Venturoso said about facing a lot of shots. “I think the D did a good job of clearing guys out front and we just stuck to it.”
Despite a slow start, the Rams managed to start the offense early into the first period. Just 3:55 into the game, Suffolk’s Steve Colomey rushed up the right-side boards and into the offensive zone. Colomey ripped a shot off the far-side post and in, giving Suffolk a 1-0 lead.
A minute later, Suffolk had a two-goal advantage when Charlie McGinnis carried the puck up the right side, before shooting low on Tuft’s goaltender Greg Jenkins.
Just when the Rams were hoping to go into the second period with a two-goal lead, Tuft’s Brendan Fadden scored on the power play with 11 seconds left after Suffolk was given a too-many men bench minor, making the game 2-1.
Four penalties in the second period had the Rams stepping up their defensive game with three successful penalty kills. However, 11:48 into the period Tufts took advantage on their power play.
Matt Pugh of Tuft’s University skated between the faceoff circles, before beating Venturoso to tie the game at 2-2.
“We need to clean that part up of our game a little bit. We had a great penalty kill today, which helped us out, but we definitely need to clean that up,” defenseman Jon Stauffer said about the multiple penalties. “We gotta get penalties in our favor and get our power play on the ice more.”
Tufts, for the first time, would take the lead in the game in the third period. Penalty trouble caused a goal a minute into the period when Tyler Voigt one-timed a shot from the left faceoff circle to put Tufts up 3-2.
However, not long after, with a feed from Stauffer, freshman Simon Leahy tied the game at 3-3 with a power play goal.
With about 10 minutes left in the game Stanton Turner would score the game-winning goal to put the Ram’s up 4-3 with an assist from Leahy, who had a 3-point game.
“It’s great, it shows character in our team, that’s not the first time we’ve done that.” Leahy said about the come from behind win. “Especially after a struggling second period like that. I think that shows good chemistry, good work ethic.”
The Rams take on SUNY Canton at home on Saturday at the Steriti Rink in the North End at 4:40 PM.