January 5, 2013

Late Comeback Fails in Third Place Game Against Connecticut College

NORTHFIELD, VT –For the second day in a row, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team made a late comeback, but fell short, falling to Connecticut College, 3-2, in the third place game at the Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Tournament at Norwich University's Kreitzberg Arena Saturday evening.

Sophomore forward Shaun Walters (Plymouth, MI/Rochester Ice Hawks- MNJHL) gave UMass Dartmouth a 1-0 lead when he scored at 4:46 of the first period. Freshman defenseman Zak Kroll (Anchorage, AK/Spokane Braves-KIJHL) drew the lone assist.

The Camels tied the score on Will Einstein's goal at the 13:17 mark of the first period, then took a 2-1 lead when Adam Patel scored a power play goal less than a minute later. J.C. Cangelosi made it 3-1 when he scored an unassisted, shorthanded goal for Connecticut College at 14:55 of the second period.

Senior forward Phil Bronner (Wilbraham, MA/Springfield Jr. Falcons) cut CC's lead to a single goal when he deflected home a shot by senior defenseman Zach Hepler (Sayre, PA/Dixie Beehives-OPJHL) with 1:57 remaining and junior goaltender Ben Vandervies (Hanna, AB/Golden Rockets-KJHL) off the ice for a sixth attacker. However, the Corsairs were unable to score again before time expired.

"We lost a lot of the one-on-one battles, and we were beaten to loose pucks," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "We gave up a shorthanded goal in the second period, which ended up being the game winner. Ben Vandervies played very well in goal, but Connecticut College outplayed us, and it was a frustrating game."

The Corsairs out shot the Camels in the third period, 10-4, but Connecticut College had the edge in shots for the game, 26-22. Vandervies made 23 saves, while goaltender Tom Conlin stopped 20 for the Camels.

Sophomore defenseman Steve Ginand (Milford, MA/Northern Cyclones-AtJHL), who scored a goal and added an assist in Friday's 3-2 loss to eventual tournament champion Neumann, was named to the All-Tournament Team.

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 5-4-2 with the defeat, while Connecticut College improved to 3-6-1 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Worcester State Thursday evening. The Camels will visit Hamilton next Friday. UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY