Hockey Wins Opener at Becker, 7-3

Hockey Wins Opener at Becker, 7-3

Nov. 9, 2011

Final Stats

MARLBOROUGH, MA-Junior forward Phil Bronner (Wilbraham, MA/Springfield Jr. Falcons-EJHL) scored twice and junior goaltender Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL) stopped 25 shots to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team to a 7-3 victory over host Becker in their 2011-12 season opener at the New England Sports Center Wednesday evening.

Bronner scored his first goal of the game at 8:45 during a four-goal UMD first period to make it 3-0, assisted by senior forward Todd Bartelson (Pepperell, MA/Valley Jr. Warriors-EJHL) and freshman defenseman Steve Ginand (Milford, MA/Northern Cyclones-AtJHL)..

Senior forward Mike Owens (South Boston, MA/Boston Jr. Bulldogs) began the barrage, assisted by senior forward Rob Dudley (Douglas, MA/Middlesex School) to make it 1-0 at 2:48 of the first period.

Junior forward William Colclough (Naples, FL/Peoria Mustangs-CSHL) made it 2-0 at 8:11, assisted by senior defenseman Mike Grzelcyk (Watertown, MA/ Winchendon School). Becker got on the scoreboard when Branden Parkhouse scored a power play goal at 9:20 of the first period with Corsair junior defenseman Zach Hepler (Sarver, PA/Dixie Beehives-OPJHL) off for roughing. But Dudley built UMD's lead back up to three goals when he scored shorthanded, assisted by Owens at 18:22.

Sophomore forward Ryan Ruddock (Amesbury, MA/Eastern Kodiaks-IJHL) and Bronner scored second period goals to put UMD ahead, 6-1, after two periods.

Parkhouse scored in the third period for Becker, but Bartelson replied for UMD to make it 7-2. Korby Anderson scored the final goal for the Hawks.

"We played a relentless fore checking game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "We played with a lot of energy, and a lot of grit. We played the kind of hard hat, lunch pail style we'll have to play in order to be successful this year." The Corsairs outshot Becker, 35-28. Williams earned the win in his first start in a UMass Dartmouth uniform, while Jake Rosenthal, Viktor Tuurala and Tom Natoli combined to make 28 stops for Becker. The Corsairs improved to 1-0-0 with the victory, while the Hawks dropped to 1-2-0 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host UMass Boston in their home opener Saturday at the Hetland Ice Arena.