Hockey Edged at Worcester State, 3-2

Senior defenseman Justin Pye
Senior defenseman Justin Pye

Senior defenseman Justin Pye

AUBURN, MA -John Cahalane scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period and Bryan Kalczynski made 31 saves to lead host Worcester State to a 3-2 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team in a Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference game at the Horgan Arena Thursday evening.

Cahalane scored the game-winning goal for the Lancers, breaking a 2-2 tie at 10:02 of the third period.

Worcester State had taken an early 1-0 lead, scoring the only goal of the first period with a two-man advantage when Brent Dyok shoveled home a rebound at 10:29. The Corsairs came back with two goals in the second period. Senior forward Mike Owens (South Boston, MA/Boston Jr. Bulldogs-AtJHL) tied the score for UMD when he scored 41 seconds into the second period. Junior forward Nick Marquis (Londonderry, NH/Valley Jr. Warriors-EJHL) and freshman defenseman Steve Ginand (Milford, MA/Northern Cyclones-AtJHL) drew assists.

WSU went ahead, 2-1, on a shorthanded, odd man rush late in the period. Nathan Stanley and Stephen Rock came in two on one against UMD junior goaltender Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL). Williams stopped Stanley's initial shot, but Rock flipped home the rebound at 17:01.

UMass Dartmouth tied the score on the same power play. Senior defenseman Justin Pye (Medford, MA/Bridgton Academy) scored the first goal of his career on a shot from the point at 17:26. Junior forward William Colclough (Naples, FL/Peoria Mustangs-CSHL) and freshman forward Steve Laliberte (East Falmouth, MA/Bridgton Academy) assisted.

"The difference in the game was special teams," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "They scored a five on three power play goal in the first period, and a shorthanded goal in the second period. Bryan Kalczynski was very good in goal. This is a tough league, and we have to regroup and get ready for two big home games at Hetland next week against Salem State and Westfield State."

The Lancers outshot the Corsairs, 36-23. Kalczynski made 31 saves for WSU, while Williams stopped 33 shots for UMD.

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 13-6-1 and 8-4-1 in the MASCAC with the defeat, while Worcester State improved to 7-9-3 and 4-7-2 in MASCAC play with the victory. UMD will return to action when they host Salem State next Thursday evening.