UMass Dartmouth Suffers Setback At Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Sophomore Evangelos Stefanou (Tabernacle, N.J.) scored the lone goal for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's ice hockey team this evening in a 5-1 loss at Bowdoin College in the second round of the 2013 Colby-Bowdoin Face-off Classic.

Sophomore Matt Rubinoff (Oakville, Ont.) led the Polar Bears (4-2-1) with three points, on two goals and an assist. Senior Colin Downey (East Sandwich, Mass.) used a balanced scoring attack with a marker and a helper. The hosts outshot their visitors 52-12.

Bowdoin cracked the scoring column just four minutes, 30 seconds into the contest. Rubinoff gave the Polar Bears a lead they would not relinquish, when he potted his third goal of the season. The hosts doubled their advantage at the 12:51 mark as Downey registered an unassisted marker—his fourth on the campaign—to give Bowdoin a 2-0 lead entering the first intermission.

The Corsairs (2-6-1) were finally able to solve the Polar Bears senior netminder Steve Messina (Newton, N.J.) early in the second period. Stefanou put the visitors on the scoreboard at three minutes, 10 seconds, when he netted his second goal of the campaign. Sophomore John Sartell (Wakefield, Mass.) and freshman Kevin Choi (Gardena, Calif.) were credited with assists.

With 15 minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the period, Bowdoin converted on a power-play opportunity to restore its two-goal advantage. Rubinoff cashed in on the man advantage, finishing a feed from Downey and senior Harry Matheson (Kingston, Ont.) to give the hosts a 3-1 lead after the second stanza.

The Polar Bears added a pair of insurance goals in the third to close out the scoring. The hosts limited their visitors to just one shot on net in the final frame.

Freshman JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) made his second start in the past three games, backstopping the Corsairs with 47 saves.  Messina evened his individual record at 2-2 with 11 stops on the afternoon.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 6:40 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, when the Corsairs travel to Curry College (2-5) in a non-conference contest.