WORCESTER, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth hockey team had the red-hot offense on full display as it erased a three-goal margin with four markers in the final period, to skate toward a 6-6 draw with Worcester State and salvage an important point for the playoff picture in the regular season's final contest.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 6, Worcester St. 6
Records: UMass Dartmouth 10-12-3, 7-8-3 MASCAC | Worcester, St. 13-9-2, 8-7-2 MASCAC
How it Happened
The Corsairs kicked off an offensive affair just 40 seconds in as Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) extended a three-game goal streak when he put in a feed from sophomore Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) for the only goal of the first period.
Offenses ignited for a combined six goals in the second period with five of those going to Worcester State as it grabbed the lead with Mike Moran's (Milford, Mass.) power play marker. 40 seconds later, Jeff Kirkwood (Ithaca, N.Y.) delivered the response as he netted his seventh of the year off feeds by Brandon Berkley (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Connor Cooley (Simi Valley, Calif.). Worcester state was in full control of the remaining time as Moran's second goal of the period and first assist of the contest sandwiched a marker from freshman Tim Drevitch (Oxford, N.J.).
The offensive oriented theme continued in the last period of regulation with the team's totaling five more goals, but this time four came from the Corsairs as the team took a stranglehold of the game's momentum. It started only 17 seconds into the third as senior Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) and classmate Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) linked for the 11th goal of the season for Shea.
Worcester got its only goal of the period a minute later before Sones recouped the allowed goal, cutting the gap to two with his 17th tally of the season. Moments later, the Corsairs leveled the score despite being a man-down as Jay Clarke (Forston, Ga.) and Ruiz connected on short-handed goals during the same penalty kill to eras the three-goal deficit, forcing overtime in dramatic fashion.
In the extra-session, the high-octane offenses decelerated as the horn sounded on the 6-6 draw, giving the Corsairs a crucial point in the standings in the final game of the regular season.
Inside the Numbers
- The offense of the Corsairs has awoken as the post-season approaches, racking up 22 goals in the team's last three games.
- Ruiz continues the breakout season as he increased his hold of the league's top-spot for points (41) and goals (24) following his sixth multi-goal game.
- With the helper, Shea matched his career-high for assists in a season set last year with 27.
- Clarke lengthened his points streak three games, giving him his longest such streak with the Corsairs.
- Sones has logged five points the last two games to move him into sixth in the conference for points with his 17 goals and 17 assists.
- UMass Dartmouth balanced their season-record with Worcester State at 1-1-1.
With the point in the standings, the Corsairs awaits the outcome of the Westfield State/Plymouth State on Feb. 20, as that game decides the final playoff seeding's before the start of the MASCAC tournament which starts Feb. 24.