Hockey Rallies to Win at Becker, 5-3

Hockey Rallies to Win at Becker, 5-3

Nov. 11, 2009

Final Stats

MARLBOROUGH, MA--The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team scored three goals in the third period and came from behind to defeat host Becker, 5-3, in their 2009-10 season opener at the New England Sports Center Wednesday.

Trailing 3-2, the Corsairs tied the score when junior forward Todd Bartelson (Pepperrell, MA/Valley Jr. Warriors-EJHL) scored at 12:05 of the third period. On the next shift, freshman forward Nick Marquis (Londonderry, NH/Valley Jr. Warriors-EJHL) gave the Corsairs their first lead of the game when he deflected home a shot from the point by senior defenseman Graeme Bourne (Redlands, CA/Campbell River Storm-VIJHL) just 24 seconds later. Junior forward Joe Hill (Newburyport, MA/Valley Junior Warriors-EJHL) then sealed the verdict when he scored his second goal of the game into an empty net at 18:51.

Mike Caprio put Becker ahead when he scored just 1:04 into the game, and Hill tied it on the power play at 9:16. Jared Kersner's goal at 4:58 of the second period gave the Hawks the lead, but Bourne scored to tie it at 10:15. Nate Sayer's goal at 8:42 of the third period gave Becker the lead for the last time.

"It was a typical opener," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "Becker is a good, scrappy team.We played a little tentatively in the first period and a little better in the second period, but we were always behind. I thought that after we tied it in the third period, we really got our legs and pretty much carried the play for the rest of the game."

The Corsairs, who scored but 77 goals in 26 games, just 11 on the power play, got off to a good start in both areas Wednesday, scoring five times, including a power play goal. "It was good to get the first game out of the way," said Rolli. "Scoring five goals is a positive, and it was good to get a power play goal." Hill (two goals), Bourne (a goal and an assist) and junior forward Jason Stahl (Londonderry, NH/Valley Jr. Warriors-two assists) each finished with two points for UMD.

UMass Dartmouth outshot Becker, 35-33. UMD senior goaltender Jon Dryjowicz-Burek (Ludlow, MA/Springfield Jr. Falcons-EJHL) and Jake Rosenthal of the Hawks each made 30 saves. The Corsairs converted one of five power play chances and allowed Becker to score on two of their five opportunities.

The Corsairs improved to 1-0-0 with the victory, while the Hawks fell to 1-2-1 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they open their home season Saturday against Suffolk.