Corsairs Tie Rams in MASCAC Opener

Corsairs Tie Rams in MASCAC Opener

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Framingham State University freshman Keith Barnaby scored with ten seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime versus the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's ice hockey team in a 5-5 draw in the opening day of Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action on Saturday evening at Loring Arena.

After pulling their goaltender with under a minute in the third, the Rams managed to create a flurry of shots in front of the UMass Dartmouth net, which eventually led to Barnaby knocking home the equalizer with seconds remaining.  

UMass Dartmouth (0-1-1, 0-0-1 MASCAC) opened the scoring in the first period of play when senior Shaun Walters (Plymouth, Mich.) found the back of the net off feeds from freshmen ­Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) and Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland). To begin the second stanza, the Rams tied the game off a Ricky O'Connor goal; however the 1-1 deadlock would not last long as freshman Jaret Babych (North Vancouver, B.C.) put the Corsairs back on top with 15:02 showing on the game clock.

Framingham State (0-1-1, 0-0-1 MASCAC) rallied with a pair of second period goals within an 18 second window to take their first lead of the day. Senior Brendan M­cCarron scored at the seven minute mark, then classmate Ryan McDonald intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and fired a wrist shot on net for the 3-2 advantage.

The Corsairs closed the second period with a pair of goals of their own to retake the lead, 4-3. Babych tallied his second of the game – a shorthanded marker – at 13:10 and junior Mike Restuccia (Malden, Mass.) followed at 14:24.

With a one goal lead in the third period, UMass Dartmouth pushed the lead back to two scores when junior John Sartell (Wakefield, Mass.) knocked home a rebound just under five minutes into the frame. Facing a two score deficit, McCarron cut into the Corsairs lead with his second strike of the game at 18:12, which led to the Barnaby's game-saving score.

In extra-time, the Corsairs managed to generate six shots on net, however were unable to notch the game-winning strike.

Sophomore JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) made 44 saves in net for UMass Dartmouth, while Ram sophomore Alessio Mugglie stopped 27 attempts in the draw.

UMass Dartmouth will host conference opponent Worcester State at 4 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in its home opener at Hetland Arena.