FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth hockey team tallied a season-high seven markers, scoring the first in the opening minute of the contest as they eased past Framingham State 7-2 in the road MASCAC contest.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 7, Framingham State 2
Records: UMass Dartmouth 3-3-1, 3-1-1 MASCAC | Framingham State 2-4-2, 1-3 MASCAC
How it Happened
The Corsair offense was flowing right from the opening puck drop as they scored in 46 seconds – the quickest goal of the season thus far – as junior Connor Court (Swansea, Ill.) took a primary feed from sophomore Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) to find twine for his second of the year.
Four minutes later, and while down a man, the visitors doubled up when junior Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) notched his first short-handed marker of the season. Minutes later, the Rams had another chance on the power play, this time converting when Matt Siegel beat the keeper for his third of the season.
With 4:50 left in the opening period, junior Kris Holmes (Newburyport, Mass.) added another marker for UMass Dartmouth as Dillon Radin (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Jerry Laakso (Tempere, Finland) set up the junior for his first goal of the 2017-18 campaign.
Framingham State inched closer when it got its own short-handed goal, coming in the final minutes of the second period when Jack Sheehan (Norwood, Mass.) logged his fourth of the year after being set-up by Tom Crotty (South Hadley, Mass.)
UMass Dartmouth put the game further out of reach in the third period as goals from junior Noah Anderson (Groveland, N.Y.) and sophomore Cameron Mack (Long Beach, Calif.) sandwiched the second of the game from Ruiz. With five minutes left, the Corsairs notched their final goal on the power play when Kenny Tencza (Naples, Fla.) put in his third tally of the season, giving the visitors the 7-2 lead.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth controlled a 31-20 margin on the shot chart with the highest total of the game coming in the final period, putting 15 on the net.
- Junior Tommy Bay (Duluth, Ga.) got his first start of the year in between the pipes, earning the victory with a complete game effort on 18 saves.
- With his team-high 10th assist of the season, Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) moves into the solitary spot atop the MASCAC statistical rankings with nine points in league play.
- The Corsairs were 1-for-6 on the power play while Framingham finished 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
- Radin and senior Brandon Berkley (Scottsdale, Ariz.) logged two helpers to lead all skaters while six different scorers registered on the scoresheet for the Corsairs.
- In the last two games, the Corsairs have outscored MASCAC foes 13-4.
UMass Dartmouth travels next weekend to defend its 2016 title at the Manchester PAL Cup, hosted by Southern New Hampshire. The Corsairs will meet Suffolk on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 4:40 p.m. to start the event.