FITCHBURG, Mass. – Four unanswered goals by Fitchburg State in the third period broke the 3-all score, as the Falcons completed the comeback over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 7-3 on Thursday evening at the Wallace Civic Center.
Score: Fitchburg State 7, UMass Dartmouth 3
Records: Fitchburg State (7-7-3, 6-2-2 MASCAC) | UMass Dartmouth (10-7-0, 6-5-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened
Five minutes into the opening period, juniors Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) and Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) freed senior Mike Kelly (Stoneham, Mass.) on the breakaway to give the Corsairs an early edge. While on the penalty kill 10 minutes later, senior Matt Baldino (Woburn, Mass.) sprung Kelly, who split the Falcons defenders once again to put the UMass Dartmouth lead at 2-0.
Fitchburg State would end the shutout bid when the Falcons scored two goals to tie the game within 20 seconds of action during the second period. Just over halfway through the game, Corsair freshman Steven Leonard (Rockaway, N.Y.) would regain the lead as he redirected Baldino's wrist shot from the top of the face-off circle, and found a opening right above Kirby Saari's (Cape Elizabeth, ME) glove. Before the end of the period, Fitchburg State's Michael Fretz (Seattle, Wash.) controlled Drew Michals' (Newton, Mass.) poke check and lift it over the goalkeeper's shoulder, knotting the score at 3 heading into the final frame.
The Falcons then unloaded in the third, capitalizing on the moment to shut the door on the visitors. The hosts took their first lead of the game on a power play goal eight minutes in, as Cameron Snyder (Shawnee, Kan.) put in the rebound. Beginning at 12:40, Fitchburg State then registered three more goals in just over two minutes to put the game out of reach.
Inside the Numbers
- Michals recorded 28 saves for the Corsairs before being relieved by Tommy Bay (Duluth, Ga.) in the third period.
- Saari made 22 stops for the Falcons en route to his fifth win of the season.
- Thursday marked the first time this season that UMass Dartmouth has fallen after leading after the first period. The Corsairs were previously 6-0-0.
- With Shea's assist on the opening goal for the Corsairs, the junior has now picked up a point in four-straight games and six out of the last seven.
- Another shorthanded goal for the Corsairs gives them seven on the season to rank second in the MASCAC.
- With an 0-3 power play performance on Thursday, the Corsairs snap a four-game streak during which they have scored at least once on the man-advantage.
The Corsairs will continue their road trip this weekend as they head to Framingham State to take on the Rams on Saturday starting at 2:40 p.m.