Assumption Holds off Late Push by Ice Hockey, 4-3

Assumption Holds off Late Push by Ice Hockey, 4-3

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - Assumption College jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and held off a late push by the Corsairs, topping the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth hockey team 4-3 at Hetland Arena Thursday night.  

The Basics

Score: Assumption 4, UMass Dartmouth 3
Records: UMass Dartmouth (0-1-2, 0-0-1 MASCAC) | Assumption College (1-2-0, 0-0-0 NE-10)

How It Happened

The Greyhounds jumped out to an early lead 7:28 into the contest as Matt Damelio (Rochester, N.Y.) rifled a shot from a tough angle through the narrow space between the pads of Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) and the right post.

With under three minutes left in the opening stanza, the visitors doubled the advantage when Peter McDonagh (Latrobe, Pa.) cleaned up an opportunity created by Brian Farrell (Island Park, N.Y.), pushing the puck into the goal for his first goal of the season.  

In the second period, UMass Dartmouth got itself on the board on the power play as Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) took advantage of a briefly-vacated net, sniping his shot under the crossbar from the right face-off dot for his third goal of the year. 

Assumption got it back before period's end when Damelio potted his second of the night, taking a pass from Cam Laughlin (Natick, Mass.) behind the net and depositing the puck left-side put the Greyhounds up 3-1.  

In the third period, the Corsairs worked to erase the deficit. The first goal came in the 17th minute of the stanza just seconds into a power play, when senior Brandon Berkley (Scottsdale Ariz.) took the face off before passing back to classmate Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) who wristed a shot to the net.

After an Assumption marker re-upped the lead to two, the Corsairs put another on the board for itself when Sones redirected a shot by Shea from aside the post for his second of the game (4-3).  

Michals was pulled in the final two minutes as the Corsairs upped the attack in attempts of evening the score, but the Greyhound defense stood strong to hold onto the 4-3 decision.  

Inside the Numbers

  • UMass Dartmouth maintained a 40-36 shot advantage with the most from them coming in the third period as they rattled off 15 attempts.
  • Michals made 30 stops in the game, while his opposition freshman David Altman (Bristol, R.I.) finished 37 of 40 in saves.
  • The Corsairs finished 2 for 4 on the power play and had similar success in the penalty-kill, running off four power play chances from the Greyhounds.  

Up Next

UMass Dartmouth travesl to preseason favorite Salem State for a MASCAC tilt on Nov. 9 with the puck drop coming at 7:00 P.M. The Greyhounds host Fitchburg State in a non-conference matchup at 4:00 P.M. the same day.