NORTHFIELD, VT –The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team made a late comeback but fell short against Neumann, falling, 3-2, in a first round game at the Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Tournament at Norwich University's Kreitzberg Arena Friday evening.
Sophomore defenseman Steve Ginand (Milford, MA/Northern Cyclones-AtJHL) scored a power play goal with UMass Dartmouth enjoying a two-man advantage at 1:57 the third period to put the Corsairs on the board. Senior forward Dave McDonald (Wakefield, MA/Valley Jr. Warriors-EJHL), who joined senior defenseman Zach Hepler (Sayre, PA/Dixie Beehives-OPJHL) in earning assists on Ginand's goal, scored with 45 seconds left after UMD removed senior goaltender Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL) for an extra attacker to make it 3-2. Ginand drew the lone assist on McDonald's goal.
Aaron Keaney put Neumann ahead, 1-0, when he scored the only goal of the first period at the 18:33 mark. The Knights increased their advantage in the second period as Dave Gervais scored on a shot from the slot at 7:50, while Jordan Zalba picked up a rebound off the boards behind the net and scored a power play goal at 12:05 to make it 3-0.
"It was a back and forth game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "We made a strong comeback in the third period, but they were able to hang on for a 3-2 victory. It was a strong effort, and the third period was one of our best periods of the season. Ryan Williams was very solid in net, and we just came up a goal short."
The Corsairs out shot the Knights in the third period, 9-5, but Neumann had the edge in shots for the game, 29-27. Williams made 26 saves, while goaltender Ben Curley stopped 25 shots for the Knights.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 5-3-2 with the defeat, while Neumann improved to 6-4-2 with the victory. The Corsairs will play Connecticut College, a 6-0 loser to host Norwich, for third place Saturday at 4:00. The Knights will play Norwich for the championship Saturday at 7:00.
UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY