HOOKSETT, N.H. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth hockey team took an opening round loss in the 2017 Manchester PAL Cup hosted by Southern New Hampshire, as the Suffolk Rams two-goal second period proved the difference in the 3-2 final.
Score: Suffolk 3, UMass Dartmouth 2
Records: UMass Dartmouth (3-4-1, 3-1-1 MASCAC) | (Suffolk 4-4, 2-4 CCC)
How it Happened
The Corsairs jumped ahead to start, when senior Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) took feeds from senior Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) and junior Kenny Tencza (Naples, Fla.) in the 18th minute of the first period, converting his team-leading eighth tally of the year.
Midway through the second period, the Rams notched a short-handed marker when Joseph Mortillaro (Tampa, Fla.) leveled the score at one apiece. Just two minutes later, the freshman struck again for his second of the game, and third of the season, moving Suffolk in front 2-1.
Suffolk added another for good measure with four minutes left in regulation when Brian Brooks (Canton, Mass.) logged his second point of the game, finishing off a primary assist from Matt Bucher (Cromwell, Conn.).
UMass Dartmouth had a late burst as Shea etched his name on the goal sheet with help from junior Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) to mark the Corsairs' second short-handed goal of the season, but with only 10 ticks left on the clock it proved too late for the equalizer.
Inside the Numbers
- The first Corsair marker set up by the Sones-Shea pair marked the 10th time this season they have connected for a goal.
- UMass Dartmouth put 50 shots on target in the game with the most, 22, coming in a scoreless second period.
- The Rams allowed six power play chances to the Corsairs, but surrendered no goals, with UMass Dartmouth holding Suffolk scoreless on both of its man-advantage opportunities.
- Senior goalkeeper Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) logged 59:20 minutes in net, making 29 stops on 32 shots. Suffolk netminder Michael Levine (Clarendon Hill, Ill.) registered 48 saves in the full 60 minutes.
UMass Dartmouth will meet Western New England tomorrow in the Manchester PAL Cup consolation game at the Ice Den starting at 1:40 p.m. The Golden Bears fell to host SNHU 3-1 earlier on Saturday.