Ice Hockey Dismantles Stonehill, 6-2

Ice Hockey Dismantles Stonehill, 6-2

FOXBORO, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth exploded with four goals in the opening period as 11 different players tallied a point to defeat Stonehill 6-2 at the Foxboro Sports Center in non-conference action Thursday night. 

The Basics

Score: UMass Dartmouth 6, Stonehill 2
UMass Dartmouth (10-5-0, 6-3-0 MASCAC) | Stonehill (6-11-3, 2-1 NE-10) 

How it Happened

The Corsairs jumped out to the early lead in the latter half of the first period. Senior Matt Baldino (Woburn, Mass.) found the back of the net for his fifth power play goal of the season. After Stonehill knotted the game at one, Brandon Berkley (Scottsdale, Ariz.) regained the lead for the Corsairs seconds later with his fifth goal of the season, and sophomore Jay Clarke (Forston, Ga.) picked up his first collegiate goal to extend the lead to two goals. For the second-straight game, senior Mike Kelly (Stoneham, Mass.) potted a score in the final minute of a period make the margin 4-1 in favor of UMass Dartmouth with 20 minutes down. 

In the second period, Berkley registered his second goas of the game at the 14:35 marker. Kelly additionally potted another goal, this time on the power play with 27 seconds left in the stanza.  Stonehill's Connor Collier (Madison, N.J.) would put the Skyhawks on the board once more, cutting cut the Corsairs lead down to 6-2 with the only score in the third period. 

Inside the Numbers

  • Tommy Bay (Duluth, Ga.) earned his fourth career start in net and his first this season for the Corsairs. The sophomore made 18 saves on the evening.
  • Billy Palmer (Cranston, R.I.) got the start for the Skyhawks, but only lasted the first period after allowing four goals. Kyle Paquette (Tewksbury, Mass.) finished the last two periods for Stonehill, making a career-high 32 stops.
  • With his fifth power play goal of the season, Baldino ties teammate Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) for the MASCAC lead with five goals on the man-advantage.
  • After scoring two power play goals in three opportunities, the Corsairs lead the conference in power-play scoring at a 24.3 percent (18/74) conversion rate.
  •  Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) tallied three assists in the win, vaulting him to firsts in assist (15) and tied for second in points (23) in the MASCAC statistical rankings.
  • With his goal two goals in the game, Kelly has now scored four of his five goals on the season in the final minute of action in a period.
  •  UMass Dartmouth has scored at least one power play goal in 13 of its 15 games this season.
  •  The Corsairs fired a season high 42 shots tonight for the highest mark since season last year's regular-season finale against Framingham State.  
  •  The Corsairs are now 10-3 when scoring more than one goal in a game.
  •  Thursday marks the first UMass Dartmouth victory at Stonehill since a 6-3 win on Jan. 31, 2012. 

Up Next

The Corsairs will return home to Hetland Arena on Saturday, playing host to Salem State at 4 p.m.