NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA –The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team scored four times in the first period and went on to defeat host Salem State, 6-3, in a Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference game at Rockett Arena Thursday evening.
Senior forward Dave McDonald (Wakefield, MA/Valley Jr. Warriors) broke a 2-2 tie with a power play goal late in the first period, and senior forward Nick Marquis (Londonderry, NH/Valley Jr. Warriors-EJHL) added a goal on a long wrist shot with less than a minute to go in the period to make it 4-2.
Senior forward Dan Dempsey (Norwell, MA/Lebanon Valley College) scored his second goal of the night in the second period to make it 5-2. Mark McDonald of the Vikings scored in the third period to make it 5-3, but sophomore forward Shaun Walters (Plymouth, MI/Rochester Ice Hawks-MNJHL) scored an empty net goal in the waning moments to account for the final score.
Dempsey gave UMD a 1-0 lead when he scored after a first period turnover. Chris Goodwin tied it for Salem State with a shot from the top of the circle. Junior forward Greg Girtatos (Tyngsboro, MA/Bishop Guertin HS) made it 2-1 when he scored for the Corsairs later in the first period, but Eric Defelice tied it once more with a goal for Salem State.
"We had a really good jump tonight," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "We were opportunistic, Dan Dempsey and Nick Marquis had very good games, and senior goalie Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Potters-OPJHL) was very good in goal. It was good getting (senior defenseman) Matt Correia (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS) back into the lineup to help solidify the defense. We needed a statement win, and I think that's what we got. We had real good play throughout the lineup, and it was a good, solid win for us."
Williams made 21 saves and earned the win in goal for UMD. Ryan Sutliffe played the first period for the Vikings and yielded four goals while making eight saves, before Ed Fritz relieved and played the final two periods, making 14 stops.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 8-7-5 and 6-3-4 in the MASCAC with the victory, while Salem State fell to 10-10-1 and 7-6-1 in the MASCAC with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Westfield State Saturday. The Vikings will visit Plymouth State Sunday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY