Feb. 12, 2010
NEW BEDFORD, MA- Sophomore forward A.J. Shiverdecker (Kettering, OH/North Bay Skyhawks) broke a 1-1 tie with a short-handed goal early in the second period and visiting Westfield State went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team, 5-2, in a Massachusetts College Athletic Conference game at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Thursday evening.
Shiverdecker (Kettering, OH/North Bay Skyhawks) put Westfield State ahead, 2-1, when he took a pass from sophomore forward Jimmy Alexander (Braintree, MA/Bay State Breakers), cut in front of the net, then put his own rebound past UMD senior goaltender Jon Dryjowicz-Burek (Ludlow, MA/Springfield Jr. Falcons) at 2:41 of the second period.
Senior forward Casey Mignone (Ramsey, NJ/Ramsey HS) and and freshman forward Danny Kaufman (Scotch Plains, NJ/No. Mass Cyclones) scored in the third period to give the Owls a 4-1 lead. Senior forward Matt Berard (Calgary, AB/Berkshire School) cut Westfield's lead to 4-2 when he converted the rebound of a shot by senior forward Matt Serino (Saugus, MA/Avon Old Farms) at 11:53 of the third period, but WSC sophomore forward Pat Nelson (Cary, NC/Queen City Steam) sealed the decision with an empty net goal at 18:18.
Junior center Dennis Zak (Dover, NJ/Cobourg Cougars) put the Owls on top when he took a pass in front of the net from sophomore forward Scott Soborowski (Novi, MI/Yellowstone Quake) and slammed home a shot at 4:59 of the first period. Sophomore forward Mike Owens (South Boston, MA/Boston Jr. Bulldogs) tied it for the Corsairs when his long shot glanced off the glove of WSC sophomore goaltender Ian Wilson (Tulsa, OK/North Bay Skyhawks) and went in at 16:19. Freshman forward Nick Marquis (Londonderry, NH/Valley Jr. Warriors) drew an assist on the play. Owens appeared to have scored in the seconed period to tie the score at 2-2, but the goal was disallowed because the Corsairs had a player in the crease.
"We outplayed them for most of the second period, we gave up a short-handed goal, and we had a goal called back," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "Unfortunately, this is another game that is typical of a team that is fighting just to get a win."
Westfield State out shot UMass Dartmouth, 35-33. Dryjowicz-Burek made 30 saves for UMass Dartmouth, while Wilson made 31 for WSC. The Corsairs were scoreless in five power play opportunities, while the Owls failed on all four of their chances.
UMD dropped to 7-13-1 and 2-11-1 in the MASCAC with the defeat, while Westfield State improved to 12-7-2 and 9-3-2 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Plymouth State Saturday evening. Westfield State will visit Fitchburg State mext Thursday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY