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Medvedev’s Late Goal Lifts Men’s Hockey in Home Opener

Danyil Medvedev (Photo courtesy of Suffolk Athletics)

Danyil Medvedev (Photo courtesy of Suffolk Athletics)

Sophomore Danyil Medvedev scored the winning goal with just under five minutes remaining and the Suffolk men’s hockey team won its home opener, 3-2, over Salve Regina Saturday night in Charlestown.

Junior goalie Brandon Smolarek made 41 saves as the Rams improved to 2-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the ECAC Northeast.

“I thought [Smolarek] was our best player last night,” said Tim Sprague, the Rams senior captain. ” We had to kill a bunch of penalties throughout the game. You need to rely on your goalie in those situations. He came up huge when we needed him.”

The Rams, who took eight penalties and were outshot 21-8 in the second period, trailed 2-1 heading to the third. But sophomore Justin Selep potted a power-play goal midway through the final period to knot things at 2.

Medvedev scored six minutes later to put the Rams ahead for good. The goal was his first for the Rams.

“It’s always a huge help when you have new guys come in and make an immediate impact,” said Sprague.

Salve (0-1-2) opened the scoring just 8 seconds into the game when Jonathan Felteau beat Smolarek. Suffolk tied the game at 11:02, on the power play, when freshman Jack Jenkins netted the first goal of his career.

Alex Pompeo gave Salve a 2-1 lead with a power play goal at 14:20 of the second. The Rams managed to hold Salve to just the one goal on 10 power play opportunities.

Medvedev, was named the game’s first star, Smolarek the second star, and Suffolk’s Mike Cherpak (two assists) the third star.

Suffolk’s next game is Thursday night when the Rams travel to Johnson & Wales.

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