February 16, 2013

Hockey Rallies to Tie Plymouth State, 4-4

NEW BEDFORD, MA – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team scored three goals in the final five and a half minutes of the game and tied visiting Plymouth State, 4-4, in a Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference game at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Saturday.

Senior forward Phil Bronner (Wilbraham, MA/Springfield Jr. Falcons-EJHL) scored the last two goals for the Corsairs, converting a pass from freshman forward Swann Boisvert (Blainville, QC/Pembroke Lumber Kings-CJHL) at 18:57, then batting home a pass from senior forward Dan Dempsey (Norwell, MA/Lebanon Valley College) with just 13 seconds remaining.

PSU took a 4-1 lead on a goal by junior defenseman Dave Walters (Ottawa, ON/Ottawa Jr. Senators). The Corsairs took a time out when they had a two-man advantage and pulled senior goaltender Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL), but Walters picked up a loose puck and flipped it down the ice into the empty net. UMD came back on the same power play, cutting the lead to 4-2 on a power play goal by senior forward Dave McDonald (Wakefield, MA/Valley Jr. Warriors-EJHL) 28 seconds later.

Plymouth State took a 2-0 lead after the first period. Senior defenseman Richie Zobak's (Evergreen Park, IL/Baystate Breakers) shot from the point sailed past a screened Williams at 10:54 of the first period to make it 2-0. Sophomore defenseman Zach Sarig (Wyomissing, PA/Valley Jr. Warriors-EJHL) made it 2-0 when he one-timed home a pass from Walters at the 16:01 mark.

Each team scored once in the second period. Sophomore forward Dmitry Antipin (Novosibirsk, Russia/Cape Cod Cubs-EJHL) made it 2-1 when he stole the puck, raced in alone and backhanded a shot past PSU senior goaltender Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden/Rogle BK) at 2:34. The Panthers countered on a wrist shot by freshman forward Josh Woody (Sunderland, MD/Valley Jr. Warriors-EJHL) at 7:51. The Corsairs had a five on three advantage when PSU was whistled for two penalties in a span of 1:01 later in the period, but the Panthers killed off the opportunity.

"That was interesting," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "We came back from being down 2-0, 3-1 and 4-1, and it was a good point for us. It felt good to come out with a tie. This clinches second place in the MASCAC for us, and allows us to get a first round bye and host a semi-final game."

UMass Dartmouth outshot the Panthers, 49-45. Williams made 41 saves for the Corsairs, while Astedt stopped 45 shots for Plymouth State.

UMass Dartmouth is now 9-7-7 and 8-3-6 in the MASCAC, while Plymouth State is now 17-6-1 and 13-3-1 in the MASCAC. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Framingham State Tuesday evening. The Panthers will host Fitchburg State Tuesday.

                                                            UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY