Restuccia, Solloway Honored By MASCAC
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Two University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's ice hockey players were recently honored by the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) office for their contributions for the week ending January 26, 2014.
Sophomore forward Mike Restuccia (Malden, Mass.) was named the MASCAC Co-Player of the Week, sharing the weekly citation with Fitchburg State University's sophomore forward John Celli (Leominster, Mass.). Freshman goaltender JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) earned a spot on the MASCAC Honor Roll.
Restuccia recorded six points, on four goals and two assists, to power the Corsairs to a 1-1 mark this past week against MASCAC opponents. The Malden, Mass. product recorded season-highs in goals (4) and points (5) in UMass Dartmouth's victory over Westfield State on Saturday. Restuccia cracked the scoring column just 50 seconds into the second period before adding his second goal at 4:28 to provide the Corsairs' with an early 2-0 advantage. With the contest deadlocked at 3, Restuccia scored the game-winner just 57 seconds into the third period before adding an insurance marker at 16:31. Earlier in the week, he penned an assist in his ledger against Salem State.
A starter in all 17 games, Restuccia is ranked among the Division III leaders in assists (15th, 0.88) and points per game (19th, 1.35), respectively. He leads the MASCAC in points (23) and assists (15), while ranking eighth in goals (8). Restuccia has registered at least one point in 12 games, while producing six multi-point games. Prior to Saturday, he scored a pair of goals and handed out a helper for three points against Framingham State on Nov. 14, 2013.
Solloway averaged 39.5 saves and a 91.8 save percentage to backstop UMass Dartmouth to a 1-1 record against conference opponents this past week. The Derry, N.H. native posted a 3.52 goals against average in 119 minutes, 41 seconds between the Corsair pipes. Solloway registered 38 saves on 41 shots to lead UMD past the conference's most productive offense on Saturday. Earlier in the week, he turned aside a season-high 41 attempts against Salem State. Soloway kept the Corsairs in the contest with 18 stops in the first period as the teams headed to the first intermission tied at 2-all.
A starter in seven of his nine appearances, Solloway has posted a 3.02 goals against average in 477 minutes, 26 seconds of action. He has stopped 315 of the 339 shots he has faced for a 92.9 save percentage. Soloway is second in the MASCAC in save percentage, while ranking fourth in goals against average. Solloway made 32 saves to earn his first collegiate victory at Framingham State on Jan. 16, 2014.
UMass Dartmouth (4-11-2) will return to action on Tuesday, January 28, when the Corsairs travel to Stonehill College for a non-conference contest.