Shea's Game Winner Propels Ice Hockey's Win Streak to Five Games

Shea's Game Winner Propels Ice Hockey's Win Streak to Five Games

WORCESTER, Mass. – A trio of third-period goals, including the game-winner by junior Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) at 19:04, propelled the Corsairs' win streak to five games, as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth completed the comeback to down Worcester State 3-1 in MASCAC action Sunday evening.

The Basics

Score: UMass Dartmouth 3, Worcester State 1

Records: UMass Dartmouth (8-4-0, 5-2-0 MASCAC) | Worcester State (3-7-3, 1-4-2 MASCAC) 

How it Happened

Worcester State jumped out to the early lead late in the first period despite being outshot by the visitors, when Ryan Flynn (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) scored on the power play as he snuck the shot past the Corsairs' goalkeeper Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.).

The Lancers turned up the heat in the second, outshooting UMass Dartmouth 14-5, but both teams came up scoreless on the frame.  The third period then saw renewed Corsair firepower, kicked off when freshman Jeff Kirkwood (Ithaca, NY) potted his third goal of the season on assists from Mason Nichols (Oviedo, Fla.) and Brendan McDonough (Wilmington, Mass.) to knot the game at one. 

With just 56 seconds remaining in regulation, Shea tallied his team-leading eighth goal to edge the game in the visitors' favor.  Seconds later, senior Matt Baldino (Woburn, Mass.) intercepted the neutral zone pass and fed junior Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) who converted in the empty net to seal the victory.

Inside the Numbers

  • After being outshot in the second period 14-5, the Corsairs regained control with a 15-3 shot advantage in the third.
  • Michals made 25 stops between the pipes for the Corsairs. Sunday is the second-straight game that the junior has needed to register less than 30 saves.
  • Eight different Corsairs registered one point on the contest to round out the full-team attack.
  • Worcester State's Josh Reinstein (Woodland Hills, Calif.) took the loss after making 30 stops on the day.
  • The Corsairs are now 4-0-1 in their last five games against Worcester State, with their last loss to the Lancers coming on Feb. 5, 2015.
  • Sunday marks the first game on the season in which the Corsairs trailed at the end of the second period and came back to win. The team was previously 0-2-0.
  • The Corsairs are in the midst of their first five-game winning streak since the 2010-11 season, when they closed out the regular season with five-straight victories from Feb. 10, 2011 to Feb. 26, 2011. 

Up Next

The Corsairs continue their road trip as they head to Plymouth, N.H. for a battle against Plymouth State with first place in the MASCAC standings at stake. Puck drop is slated for 6 p.m.