Nov. 15, 2011
AUBURN, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team scored two first period power play goals and went on to defeat host Worcester State, 3-1, in the 2011-12 Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference opener for both teams at the Horgan Arena Tuesday evening.
Junior forward Phil Bronner's (Wilbraham, MA/Springfield Jr. Falcons-EJHL) power play goal at 11:36 of the first period tied the score, and freshman defenseman Steve Ginand (Milford, MA/Northern Cyclones-AtJHL), who assisted on Bronner's goal, put UMass Dartmouth ahead to stay with a power play goal less than three minutes later.
Freshman forward Shaun Walters (Plymouth, MA/Peoria Mustangs-CSHL) gave the Corsairs a two-goal advantage when he re-directed home a shot from the point by sophomore defenseman Nate Dupere (Fall River, MA/Hebron Academy) with 6:30 remaining.
"It was real grind it out, will to win kind of victory," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "We were up, 2-1, and we played well in the third period, carrying the play with a relentless fore-check and strong play in front of the net. Walters' goal gave us a two-goal cushion, and we went on to win the game."
The Corsairs outshot the Lancers, 31-25. Junior goaltender Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL) made 24 saves for UMD, while Bryan Kalczynski made 28 saves for WSU. The Corsairs converted two of four power play opportunities, while killing two of three opportunities for the Lancers.
The Corsairs improved to 2-1-0 and 1-0-0 in the MASCAC with the victory, while the Lancers dropped to 1-2-0 and 0-1-0 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Salem State Saturday.
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