BOSTON - Fitchburg State College posted a 5-0 men's ice hockey victory over Southern New Hampshire University in the first round of the Codfish Bowl hosted by UMass Boston Friday afternoon. The Falcons improved to 6-3-2 overall and will face either the host Beacons or Suffolk in Saturday's championship game at 5:00. The Penmen are now 6-2-1 overall and will face the loser of Friday's second game at 2:00.
Matt Arsenault recorded a hat trick for Fitchburg State with three goals while Andrew Jones and Chris Riggs also added goals. Bob Kalousian handed out three assists for the Falcons.
Arsenault tallied his first two goals 2:01 apart late in the first period, the first coming at the 15:47 mark. The Falcons made it 3-0 midway through the second on Riggs' goal. It remained a 3-0 game until late in the third when Jones scored at the 17:27 mark and Arsenault completed his hat trick at 18:27 with a power play tally.
Devan McConnell made 26 saves en route to the shutout for Fitchburg State, while Shane Brooks (Kennebunk, ME) made 24 stops for the Penmen as the Falcons generated a 29-26 shot advantage. Fitchburg was 2-11 on the power play while the Penmen were 0-4.