Ice Hockey

Pair Of UMass Alumni Playing For Kelly Cup Championship

May 18, 2013

READING, Pa. - UMass hockey alumni Alex Berry and T.J. Syner will look to continue the recent string of championships won at the professional level by former Minutemen as the pair will open the Kelly Cup Finals on Saturday night, May 18, with the Reading Royals against the Stockton Thunder.

Berry and Syner have been among the top offensive contributors for the Royals this postseason. Seeing action in all 17 playoff contests for Reading, Syner has five goals and six assists to rank third on the squad in points (11) and boasts a team-best +13 rating. He scored the winning goal for the Royals in game four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Florida Everblades.

After missing some time due to injury this year, Berry returned in time to play in 16 postseason games for Reading thus far and is tied for fifth in points with nine (5g, 4a). Two of his playoff tallies have been game winners, including the overtime goal that decided game two of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Cincinnati Cyclones.

Berry and Syner are looking to become the fifth and sixth Minutemen to win the Kelly Cup, the first since Will Ortiz was a part of the Cincinnati Cyclones' championship squad in 2010.

Last season two former UMass players won titles in their respective leagues, Mike Kostka captured the 2012 Calder Cup with the Norfolk Admirals and Jonathan Quick led the Los Angeles Kings to the franchise's first Stanley Cup Championship.

 Alex Berry (UMass Years: 2005-09) & T.J. Syner (UMass Years: 2008-12) - Reading Royals (ECHL)
 Regular Season Statistics:
 Berry: 29 GP, 6 G, 10 Pts, 56 PIM | Syner: 16 GP, 9 G, 10 A, 19 Pts, 16 PIM
 Playoff Statistics:  Berry: 16 GP, 5 G, 4 A, 9 Pts, 11 PIM | Syner: 17 GP, 5 G, 6 A, 11 Pts, 4 PIM
Kelly Cup Finals
Date Opponent  Time (ET)
 Saturday, May 18
 Stockton Thunder  7:05 p.m.
 Sunday, May 19
 Stockton Thunder  4:05 p.m.
 Tuesday, May 21  at Stockton Thunder  10:00 p.m.
 Friday, May 24  at Stockton Thunder  10:30 p.m.
 Saturday, May 25  at Stockton Thunder (If Necessary)  10:30 p.m.
 Tuesday, May 28  Stockton Thunder (If Necessary)  7:05 p.m.
 Wednesday, May 29  Stockton Thunder (If Necessary)  7:05 p.m.

 All-Time UMass Kelly Cup Winners
Player (UMass Years) Team (Championship Year(s))
  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)



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