You could see Mark Grinhaus’ breath as he waited to get on the ice rink set up inside historic Fenway Park on Tuesday. But when the senior forward described the feeling of playing at the home of the World Champion Red Sox as “cool,” he wasn’t talking about the weather.
The UMass Boston men’s hockey team beat the Salem State University Vikings 4-2 in front of 1,100 fans who braved the frigid 11-degree temperature to cheer on their Beacons at Citi Frozen Fenway.
“It’s Fenway. You gotta come, no matter what,” said Melissa Harters, a freshman biology major from Shrewsbury.
“You can’t miss out on this. It’s the way hockey should be played—outdoors,” said Sean McLean, a freshman communication major from Somerville who had his face painted UMass Boston blue and white.
UMass Boston was one of only nine college teams who got to take the ice at Fenway Park this year as part of Citi Frozen Fenway.
Following a tailgate party in the Clark Athletic Center for freshmen students, six busloads of UMass Boston students, staff, and alumni left for Fenway Park. The freshmen success communities and the Office of New Student Programs provided tickets.
At the park, UMass Boston’s Chamber Singers sang the national anthem with Salem State’s a cappella group, SSockapella, and then UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley and senior captain Travis Daniel took part in the ceremonial puck drop. (Watch highlights of the pregame ceremonies and hear from student fans in this video. You’ll see more fans in our photo gallery.)
The Beacons got on the board first, and although Salem State came back to tie the game twice, UMass Boston took the lead for good in the third period, and never looked back. Peter MacIntyre, a sophomore forward from Norfolk, found the back of the net twice, including the game-winner. For the box score and the scoring summary, visit beaconsathletics.com.
“It was definitely a surreal feeling. Being a kid from Boston and being able to play in this was amazing,” MacIntyre said.
It was an amazing day for the entire UMass Boston community.
“I am tremendously proud of our UMass Boston men's hockey team for their incredible performance at Frozen Fenway,” Motley said. “While it was exciting to see our Beacons win at Fenway Park, even more impressive than the result is the energy and dedication our student-athletes showed in bitterly cold conditions.”
Check out our coverage leading up to the game on our Frozen Fenway page, including video and audio clips, at www.umb.edu/frozenfenway.
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