Bronner, Walters Lead Hockey at Framingham State

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Sophomore forward Shaun Walters (Plymouth, MI/Rochester Ice Hawks-MNJHL) and senior forward Phil Bronner (Wilbraham, MA/Springfield Jr. Falcons) each scored twice to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team to a 5-2 victory over host Framingham State in a Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference game at the Loring Arena Saturday evening.

Walters scored UMD's first goal in the opening period, assisted by freshman forward Swann Boisvert (Blainville, QC/Pembroke Lumber Kings-CJHL) and senior forward Dave McDonald (Wakefield, MA/Valley Jr. Warriors-EJHL). McDonald scored UMD's second goal, with Boisvert and senior defenseman Zach Hepler (Sarver, PA/Dixie Beehives-OPHL) drawing the assists, giving the Corsairs a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.

Senior forward Phil Bronner (Wilbraham, MA/Springfield Jr. Falcons) scored twice for the Corsairs in the second period as they increased their lead to 4-1 after two. Sophomore forward Dmitry Antipin (Novosibirsk, Russia/Cape Cod Cubs-EJHL) assisted on Bronner's first goal, while Walters and sophomore forward Steve Laliberte (East Falmouth, MA/Bridgton Academy) assisted on the second. Walters scored UMD's final goal in the third period, assisted by freshman forward Kaelin Groon (Aliso Viejo, CA/Metro Moose-MET).

"It was a good up and down game, and a good way to end the first semester," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "We Had four freshman forwards and three freshman defensemen in the lineup. Now we will go back and break for exams, and get ready to start the second semester in the tournament at Norwich."

UMD outshot FSU, 41-23. Senior goaltender Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL) made 21 saves to earn the win in goal for the Corsairs, while Dale Adams made 36 saves and took the loss for Framingham State. Each team took one penalty, and neither team scored on the power play.

UMass Dartmouth improved to 5-2-2 and 4-1-1 in the MASCAC with the victory, while Framingham State dropped to 0-6-0 and 1-9-0 in the MASCAC with the defeat. The Corsairs will break for the semester, returning to action when they play Neumann at Norwich's Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Tournament January 4th. The Rams will visit Franklin Pierce January 5th.

                                                            UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY