Curry Strikes Early to Down Ice Hockey in Season Opener

Curry Strikes Early to Down Ice Hockey in Season Opener

MILTON, Mass.  – Three first period Curry goals, including two by Adam Valadao (Ajax, Ont.), ultimately put the season-opener out of reach for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, with the Colonels prevailing 5-1 at Max Ulin Rink on Friday. 

The Basics
Score: Curry 5, UMass Dartmouth 1
Records: Curry (1-0) | UMass Dartmouth (0-1)

How it Happened
Curry struck early on its first two power play chances, with Valadao converting a pair of scores in the opening four minutes to collect a quick lead. UMass Dartmouth saw two chances soon after, forcing a pair of saves from Colonel goalkeeper Frank Cundiff (Oceanside, N.Y.), but the hosts were once again able to find the net next with an even-handed tally by Jordan Williamson (Okotoks, Alberta), assisted by Anthony Trujillo (Toronto, Ont.). 

In the second, the Colonels pushed even further forward midway through the second, when Jospeh DiBenedetto (Anchorage, Ak.) found the cage on a slap shot outside the blue line. Eventually, the Corsairs were able to find the cage on nearly eight minutes into the third, when senior Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) tipped the puck past Cundiff on the assists from classmates Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) and Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland.) 

Despite several good looks by the Corsairs in the remainder of the third, the hosts were once more efficient on the man-up chance, registering their fifth goal in the 13th minute on the stick of Lionel Mauron (Lausanne, Switzerland).

Inside the Numbers 

  • UMass Dartmouth narrowly outdid the Colonels on the shot total, firing 37 to the Colonels' 36, but were able to convert on just one of eight power play chances.
  • Conversely, Curry finished .500 (3-for-6) on the power play, with Valadao finding the net on both of his shots.
  • Corsair goalkeeper Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) settled in for 31 saves, with Cundiff making 36 stops.

Up Next

UMass Dartmouth looks to rebound as Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play begins next Tuesday, with Fitchburg State making the trip to Hetland Arena at 7:30 p.m. for the Corsairs' home opener.