NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – A pair of points by junior Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) pushed UMass Dartmouth's winning streak to four games, the Corsairs' longest since the 2011-12 season, as the hosts sailed past Framingham State 4-3 in MASCAC competition at Hetland Arena on Saturday evening.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 4, Framingham State 3
Records: UMass Dartmouth (7-4-0, 4-2-0 MASCAC) | Framingham State (1-8-0, 0-6-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened
Framingham State jumped out to an early lead, less than five minutes from the opening puck drop. Mark Essery (Rockfall, Conn.) fired a slap shot from the slot, as Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) made the initial stop before the puck trickled over the goal line.
Before the end of the period, Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) and David Skarbek (Hyannis, Mass.) found Shea who put it in the back of the net. The Corsairs then overtook the lead less than two minutes later, as Steven Leonard (Rockaway, N.Y.) tallied his third goal in four games. Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland) and Brendan McDonough (Wilmington, Mass.) picked up the assists on the play.
Tyler Colacchio (Bellingham, Mass.) tied the game for the Rams to start the second period, after knocking in the puck with a pile in front of the net. The score would not stay knotted up for long, as 70 seconds later, senior Kyle Zacharewicz (Ludlow, Mass.) flicked the puck over the sprawling Ram goalkeeper. UMass Dartmouth extended its advantage on the power play, as Brandon Berkley (Scottsdale, Ariz.) took the pass from Shea to pick up his fourth goal of the season. The Rams cut the UMass Dartmouth lead in half as Ryan McDonough (Dorchester, Mass.) scored on the redirection, but couldn't find the back of the net another time for the equalizer.
Inside the Numbers
- With two points on the day, Shea now leads the MASCAC statistical rankings in three categories, including points (11), assists (8) and power play points (8).
- The Corsairs are now 5-0 on the season when leading at the end of the first period, and
- Michals made 28 stops between the pipes for the Corsairs, as this is the first time in the 2016-17 campaign that the junior has needed to register less than 30 saves.
- Framingham State's Adam Calabrese (Philadelphia, Pa.) remains winless on the season after making 26 stops on the day.
- This is the first four game winning streak for UMass Dartmouth since the 2011-12 season, when they rattled off four-straight victories from Dec. 10, 2011 to Jan. 14, 2012.
- Seven wins before the holiday break is the most that a Corsair squad has tallied since the 2010-11 season, when the team went 7-2-1 before January.
The Corsairs break for the remainder of December, before returning to action on Jan. 8, when they travel to Holy Cross to take on the Worcester State Lancers for a 5 p.m tilt. Framingham State is in action next Tuesday, hosing Assumption at 7:30 p.m.