Fitchburg State Athletics

BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore forward Trevor Lawler and junior forward Kris Threlkeld each netted a goal and assisted on three others to lead Fitchburg State past Wentworth 8-6 in the opening round of the 46th Annual Codfish Bowl, the second-oldest college hockey invitational in the country. The Falcons will face UMass-Boston in the championship game on Thursday after the Beacons defeated Assumption 6-1 in Wednesday's late game.

The combined 14 goals were the most in a Codfish Bowl contest since Babson and Saint Michael’s combined for 15 in a 12-3 Babson victory in 2004.

Fitchburg State (6-2-0) netted the first two goals of the afternoon in a span of 2:19 when Threlkeld fed senior Billy Pescosolido for his third goal of the year at the 6:27 mark of the first period and Threlkeld followed that with his fifth tally of the campaign on a helper from senior forward Chris Riggs and Lawler at 8:46. Wentworth responded with three unanswered goals to close out the opening period to take a one-goal edge going into the middle stanza.

Sophomore forward Mike Marrocco sent a pass to Joel Vastl for his first goal of the year on a breakaway at 13:49 to cut the Leopards' deficit to 3-1. Freshman forward Matthew Dozois found the back of the net with his second score of the season to knot the score at 2-2 at the 17:44 mark. The Leopards weren’t done as forward Casey Shade posted his third goal of the year with just 3.7 seconds showing in the first period to grab a 3-2 edge.

Wentworth extended its lead to 4-2 less than a minute into the second period when Principato tallied a goal off a dish from freshman winger Cory Lillie and Shade. Fitchburg fought back to tie the game 4-4 at the 12:23 mark after goals from Riggs and junior forward Cory Callen. The Leopards quickly regained the one-goal advantage just 1:35 later on a strike by junior winger Mike Paglino. 

The Falcons struck fast and often in the third frame to seal the victory.

Just 43 seconds into the frame, senior defenseman Erik Trahan posted the first of four consecutive goals for Fitchburg. Threlkeld and Lawler picked up the helpers on the tally, and then at 9:03 Lawler added his third goal of the season on a pass from Riggs. Senior forward Andrew Jones collected the game-winner with more than seven minutes to play when he hooked up with Callen and Pescosolido on the power play. The Falcons went 3 for 4 with the man advantage in the contest.

Lawler picked up his fourth point of the game at 16:33 when he found junior forward Thomas McAleer for a shorthanded insurance goal to make the score 8-5. Wentworth’s Marrocco buried a power-play goal with 24 seconds remaining to cut into the final score.

In goal, junior Bobby Leiser entered the game in relief in the second period and earned the win with 20 saves. He improved to 3-1-0 between the pipes for Fitchburg, while Chris Azzano made 25 stops in a losing effort as he fell to 4-2-1.