Hockey Downs Westfield State, 5-2
Senior forward Rob Dudley
NEW BEDFORD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team defeated visiting Westfield State, 5-2, in a non-conference game at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Tuesday evening.
UMD senior forward Rob Dudley (Douglas, MA/Middlesex School) scored at 5:41 of the first period, assisted by junior forward Phil Bronner (Wilbraham, MA/Springfield Jr. Falcons-EJHL) and freshman defenseman Mike Peacock (Centerville, MA/Bridgton Academy). The Corsairs made it 2-0 at 11:24, scoring a power play goal. Senior forward Mike Owens (South Boston, MA/Boston Jr. Bulldogs) put the rebound of a shot by senior forward Todd Bartelson (Pepperell, MA/Valley Jr. Warriors-EJHL) past owls senior goalie Ian Wilson (Tulsa, OK/North Bay Skyhawks-NOJHL), doubling the lead. Freshman defenseman Steve Ginand (Milford, MA/Northern Cyclones-AtJHL) also drew an assist.
The teams traded goals in the second period. Westfield State junior defenseman Brad Norkum (Porcupine, ON/North Bay Skyhawks-NOJHL) scored a power play goal at 1:25, assisted by freshman forward Nic Vidoni (Stittsville, ON/Carleton Place Canadiens-CJHL), cutting the UMD lead to 2-1. The Corsairs answered right back with a power play goal of their own at 1:54, when Bronner re-directed Ginand's shot past Wilson. Owens also assisted on the goal. UMD increased the lead to 4-1 at 7:13 as sophomore forward Ryan Ruddock (Amesbury, MA/Eastern Kodiaks-IJHL) streaked down the ice and fired a shot from the side that bounced off Wilson's chest. It fell in front of the goal to Dudley, who stuffed it home. Westfield scored the final goal of the period on a power play when Vidoni put a rebound past UMD junior goalie Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL) at 9:52. Junior defenseman Jeff Callahan (Londonderry, NH/Valley Jr. Warriors-EJHL) and senior forward Pat Nelson (Cary, NC/Queen City Steam-CSHL) tallied assists.
Owens capped the scoring when he scored an empty netter with the Corsairs shorthanded at 19:55 of the third period.
"It was a workmanlike effort," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "We were hungry all night and won a lot of one on one battles. We got some good, timely goals and Williams was pretty solid in net. We are gaining experience, which is what we hope for at this time of the year. It's good to get a league win at home."
The Corsairs outshot the Owls, 43-37. Williams made 35 saves, while Wilson stopped 38 shots.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 4-2-1 and 2-0-1 in the MASCAC with the victory, while Westfield fell to 2-4-1 and 1-2-1 in the MASCAC with the defeat.. UMD will return to action when they visit Fitchburg State Saturday. Westfield State will host Salem State Saturday.