Power Play Goals Lift Hockey Over Worcester State
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA –Sophomore forward Dmitry Antipin (Novosibirsk, Russia-Cape Cod Cubs-IJHL) and senior forward Dave McDonald (Wakefield, MA/Valley Jr. Warriors-EJHL) broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of power play goals midway through the third period and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team held on to defeat visiting Worcester State,3-2, in a Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference game at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Tuesday evening.
Antipin took a pass from freshman forward Swann Boisvert (Blainville, QC/Pembroke Lumber Kings-CJHL) and fired a shot past WSU junior goaltender Taylor Fant (Denver, CO/Boulder Bison) at 6:43 of the third period tobreak a 1-1 tie. Less than three minutes later, McDonald took a pass from senior defenseman Zach Hepler (Sarver, PA/Dixie Beehives-OPJHL) and scored to make it 3-1. Sophomore forward Taylor Laneville (Edmonds, WA/Helena Bighorns) scored his second goal of the game on the power play for Worcester State to make it 3-2 with 2:22 remaining, but the Corsairs held the Lancers off the rest of the way.
Laneville gave WSU a 1-0 lead when he scored at 14:32 of the first period, Senior forward Dan Dempsey (Norwell, MA/Lebanon Valley) tied the game at 19:14 of the second period when he took a pass from junior forward Greg Girtatos (Tyngsboro, MA/Bishop Guertin HS) and fired a shot home.
"That was a survivor type of game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "For some reason, we struggled in the first period, but even after we ell behind, we stayed with our plan of attack, but not at the expense of our defensive play. If we can hold teams to two goals, we will win a lot of games. Swann Boisvert made a beautiful pass on Dmitry Antipin's goal, and it was good to score twice on the power play."
The Corsairs outshot the Lancers, 30-24. UMD junior goaltender Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL) made 22 saves, while Fant stopped 27 shots for WSU.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 1-1-1 and 1-0-0 in the MASCAC with the victory, while Worcester State fell to 0-4-0 and 0-1-0 in the MASCAC with the defeat. UMD will return to action when they visit Salem State Saturday.
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