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UMass Hockey Alumni Open Kelly Cup Playoffs

April 18, 2014

Five former UMass hockey alumni, four as players and one as a head coach, have reached the postseason with their respective ECHL clubs as the Kelly Cup Playoffs kicked off on Thursday night.

T.J. Syner and his club, the Reading Royals, are looking for a repeat of last year's Kelly Cup Championship. Syner, who had 44 points in 56 games in his second season with Reading, is joined by fellow former Minuteman Marvin Degon on the Royals' roster. Degon had 34 points in 55 games during the regular season.

In his fourth season as head coach, former Minuteman Dean Stork has led the Greenville Road Warriors to a record of 39-27 and a fourth straight postseason berth. Fellow UMass alum Michael Marcou is in his second year playing in Greenville and compiled 29 points in 65 games for the Road Warriors this season.

Former UMass captain Rocco Carzo will be making his first postseason appearance of his professional career as a member of Ontario Reign. Traded to Ontario from Florida during the 2013-14 season, Carzo appeared in 17 games for the Reign and totaled 18 points on five goals and 13 assists.

Marvin Degon (UMass Years: 2002-06) & T.J. Syner (UMass Years: 2008-12) - Reading Royals
 Regular Season Statistics:
 Degon: 55 GP, 8 G, 26 A, 34 Pts, 27 PIM | Syner: 56 GP, 19 G, 25 A, 44 Pts, 64 PIM
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Best of Seven)
Date Opponent  Time (ET)/Result
  Thursday, April 17  Fort Wayne Komets  L, 1-2
  Saturday, April 19
 Fort Wayne Komets  7:05 p.m.
 Thursday, April 24  at Fort Wayne Komets  7:30 p.m.
  Friday, April 25  at Fort Wayne Komets  8:00 p.m.
  Sunday, April 27  at Fort Wayne Komets (If Necessary)  6:00 p.m.
  Tuesday, April 29  Fort Wayne Komets (If Necessary)  7:05 p.m.
  Wednesday, April 30  Fort Wayne Komets (If Necessary)  7:05 p.m.
 Michael Marcou (UMass Years: 2008-12)
Dean Stork (Head Coach)  (UMass Years: 1996-99) - Greenville Road Warriors

 Regular Season Statistics:
 Marcou: 65 GP, 8 G, 21 A, 29 Pts, 24 PIM
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Best of Seven)
Date Opponent  Time (ET)
 Friday, April 18
 at Kalamazoo Wings  7:30 p.m.
 Saturday, April 19
 at Kalamazoo Wings  7:30 p.m.
 Wednesday, April 23  Kalamazoo Wings  7:00 p.m.
 Friday, April 25  Kalamazoo Wings  7:00 p.m.
 Saturday, April 26  Kalamazoo Wings (If Necessary)  7:00 p.m.
 Tuesday, April 29  at Kalamazoo Wings (If Necessary)  7:00 p.m.
 Wednesday, April 30  at Kalamazoo Wings (If Necessary)  7:00 p.m.
 Rocco Carzo (UMass Years: 2009-13) - Ontario Reign
 Regular Season Statistics:
 Carzo: 17 GP, 5 G, 13 A, 18 Pts, 6 PIM
Western Conference Quarterfinals (Best of Seven)
Date Opponent  Time (ET)
 Friday, April 18
 at Stockton Thunder  10:30 p.m.
 Saturday, April 19
 at Stockton Thunder  10:30 p.m.
 Tuesday, April 22  Stockton Thunder  10:00 p.m.
 Wednesday, April 23  Stockton Thunder  10:00 p.m.
 Saturday, April 26  at Stockton Thunder (If Necessary)  10:30 p.m.
 Sunday, April 27  Stockton Thunder (If Necessary)  8:00 p.m.
 Tuesday, April 29  Stockton Thunder (If Necessary)  10:00 p.m. 
 All-Time UMass Kelly Cup Winners
Player (UMass Years) Team (Championship Year(s))
  Alex Berry (2005-09)  Reading Royals (2012-13)
  Rob Bonneau (1993-97)
 Hampton Roads Admirals (1997-98)
  Will Ortiz (2006-10)  Cincinnati Cyclones (2009-10)
  Matt Smith (1996-97)  Peoria Rivermen (1999-2000)
  Dean Stork (1996-99)  Cincinnati Cyclones - Assistant Coach (2009-10, 2007-08)
  T.J. Syner (2008-12)  Reading Royals (2012-13)



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