NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The Worcester State University ice hockey team utilized four different scorers and 24 saves by freshman Tyler Fallica (Coram, N.Y.) to post a 4-0 shutout victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this evening in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference inside Hetland Arena.
The Lancers snapped a four-game losing streak to improve to 4-12-2, including 3-8-1 inside the conference circuit. The Corsairs suffered their second straight setback to fall to 6-12-2 and 5-6-2 in the league.
Worcester State cracked the scoring column midway through the opening period, when junior Joe White (Wonder Lake, Ill.) wrapped around the net and found classmate RJ Byrne (Marlboro, Mass.) for the eventual game-winner. It was Byrne's first marker of the season.
UMass Dartmouth generated its best scoring chance of the evening just over seven minutes in, as sophomore Mike Kelly (Stoneham, Mass.) accepted a pass between two defenders and broke in all alone. However, Kelly was unable to solve Fallica as the rookie denied the attempt from point-blank distance.
The visitors used the momentum to extend their advantage three minutes later (15:34). Junior Nick Drill (Madison, Wis.) snapped a wrist shot from the right wing that was initially saved, but the rebound caromed helplessly into the air. Senior Andrew Bates (Marblehead, Mass.) swatted the rebound into the open net to close the first period scoring.
Worcester State raced out of the gates in the second stanza, scoring a pair of goals just 13 seconds apart. Senior Rich Ledy (Marquette, Mich.) netted his fifth goal of the season off an assist from classmate Nathan Stanley (Meridian, Idaho) at the 6:28 mark. The Lancers won the ensuing faceoff and sophomore Michael Dery (Grand Rapids, Mich.) fired a shot on net. Senior Brenton Dyok (Rocklin, Calif.) was able to jam home the rebound to seal the victory for the visitors.
Sophomore JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) made 26 stops, including 13 in the opening frame, in 57 minutes, 50 seconds of action.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7:50 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, when the Corsairs travel to Framingham State.