Jan. 15, 2010
NEW BEDFORD, MA-Visiting Salem State scored three goals in the last 10 minutes and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team, 3-0, in a Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference game at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Thursday evening.
Junior forward Matt Johnson (Lynn, MA/Tilton School) broke a scoreless tie with a backhand shot from point-blank range at the 10:37 mark of the final period. Freshman defenseman Brian Hanafin (Burlington, MA/Burlington HS) made it 2-0 at 16:21 when his long shot struck UMD junior forward Todd Bartelson (Pepperell, MA/Valley Jr. Warriors), changed direction, and went in, and senior forward Damien Nisula (Gardner, MA/Cushing Academy) scored an empty net goal at 18:53 to seal the verdict.
The team had taken turns carrying the play in the first two periods. The Vikings, with the benefit of three power plays, out shot the Corsairs in the first period, 15-5. UMass Dartmouth came back in the second period and out shot SSC, 12-6.
"This game was pretty much a microcosm of our season," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "We battled hard, and (senior goaltender) Jon Dryjowicz-Burek (Ludlow, MA/Springfield Jr. Falcons) was very sharp in net, but their two late goals were the difference."
Salem State out shot UMass Dartmouth, 35-19. Dryjowicz-Burek made 32 saves, while freshman Sam Avoine (Ste. Perpetue, QC/Laconia Leafs) made 19.
UMD dropped to 5-7-1 and 1-6-1 in MASCAC play with the defeat, while Salem State improved to 7-4-1 and 6-0-1 in the MASCAC with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host UMass Boston next Tuesday evening. The Vikings will visit Plymouth State Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY