HOOKSET, N.H. – The University of Massachusetts men's ice hockey team registered a score in every period, shutting out the host Penmen of Southern New Hampshire Saturday afternoon to open the 2015 Manchester PAL/Stovepipe Tournament at the Ice Den Arena.
With the win, the Corsairs advance to the tournament title game against the University of New England tomorrow at 4:10 p.m. The victory is the second for UMass Dartmouth in three games, as the Corsairs rise to 2-4-2 and earn their first shutout of the 2015-16 season.
The Corsairs struck right from the get-go, as senior Garrett Allen (Dartmouth, Mass.) put in his first score of the season upon gathering a rebound off the initial shot from freshman Connor Court (Swansea, Ill.) at the 2:41 mark. Allen's goal held through the first stanza, with the Corsairs edging the Penmen in shots, 10-8.
UMass Dartmouth registered numerous quality opportunities against SNHU goalkeeper Ryan Slatky (Manchester, N.H.) in the second period. The Corsairs increased their lead to 2-0 on the final power play of the period, as Brandon Gilmore (Quincy, Mass.) beat Slatky, sending in a long shot from the left faceoff circle and a Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland) pass. The score pushed Gilmore's current season goal total to a team-best four.
Allen then converted again three minutes into the third period, finishing on a left-side corner pass from freshman Brendan McDonough (Wilmington, Mass.) and Court to flick the puck past Slatky in front of the net. Despite outshooting UMD 14-13 on the period, SNHU was unable to convert.
Goalkeeper Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) preserved the margin of victory, stopping an SNHU breakaway midway through the final quarter and thwarting the Penmen's attempts with an extra attacker. With 32 stops, Michals earns his first shutout as a Corsair.
On the contest, UMass Dartmouth outshot SNHU 37-32, with Slatky earning 34 saves. The Corsairs went 1-for-6 on power play opportunities, while the Penmen could not capitalize on three chances.
The Penmen fall to 2-6-1 on the year, and will meet Daniel Webster tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the tournament consolation. The University of New England prevailed over DWU earlier on Saturday, winning 4-2.