November 14, 2013

Rams Edge Corsairs In Final Seconds, 5-4

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Framingham State University senior Eric Ward (Haverhill, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal with seven seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Rams to a 5-4 victory over homestanding University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this evening at Hetland Arena in a Massachusetts States Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) contest.

Framingham State raised its overall record to 2-1 and 2-0 in the league, while the Corsairs slipped to 1-2 and 1-1 in the MASCAC.

The Rams created the game-winning rush along the left side of the attacking zone. Sophomore forward Ricky O'Connor (North Andover, Mass.) sent a one-timer from left to right that Ward deposited into the top left corner of the net. Senior Bo Driscoll (Chelmsford, Mass.) was credited with a helper on Ward's second marker of the contest.

Ward's late game heroics came just 40 seconds after UMass Dartmouth netted the tying marker with an extra attacker on the ice. Senior Nate Dupere (Fall River, Mass.) registered the equalizer from the left point to forge a 4-all tie with less than a minute remaining on the clock.

UMass Dartmouth cracked the scoring column at 9:47 of the first period, when sophomore Garrett Allen (Dartmouth, Mass.) converted off a feed from classmate Casey Skolnik (Ashland, Ore.) and freshman Kevin Choi (Gardena, Calif.).

In the second period, the Corsairs sandwiched a pair of power play goals between a Framingham State marker. Junior Shaun Walters (Plymouth, Mich.) gave UMD a 2-0 lead with his first goal of the season at 5:41 of the second frame. UMass Dartmouth continued to excel on special teams, when sophomore Mike Restuccia (Malden, Mass.) regained the hosts' two-goal lead with his first of the season at 16:58. With the lamp barely still lit, Rams junior Dylan Cosforo (Windsor, Ontario) pounced on a rebound to whittled their deficit to 3-2 at the end of the second.

The visitors utilized a two-goal surge in less than 90 seconds to take their first advantage of the contest. Ward scored the equalizer at 9:26, while O'Connor produced the Rams first advantage at 10:52.

In between the pipes, senior Nick Carrelli (San Jose, Calif.) made 48 saves to earn his second win of the season (2-1), while classmate Ben Vandervies (Hanna, Alberta) turned aside 32 Rams attempts.

The Corsairs capitalized on two-for-five power-play opportunities, while killing off each of their five infractions.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 4:40 p.m. on Nov. 16, when the Corsairs host Plymouth State University in a rematch of the 2013 MASCAC Championship Game.