Hockey Rallies to Tie Westfield State, 2-2

Hockey Rallies to Tie Westfield State, 2-2

Nov. 20, 2009

Final Stats

NEW BEDFORD, MA--Junior forward Todd Bartelson (Pepperell, MA/Valley Jr. Warriors) scored the tying goal with 1:36 remaining to lift the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team into a 2-2 overtime tie with visiting Westfield State in a Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference game at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Thursday evening.

Bartelson converted passes from junior forwards Joe Hill (Newburyport, MA/Velley Jr. Warriors) and Jason Stahl (Londonderry, NH/Valley Jr. Warriors) to even the score at 18:24 of the third period. Westfield State had taken a 2-1 lead when freshman forward Jason Nelson (Raleigh, NC/Springfield Jr. Falcons) scored at 8:55 of the third period.

Junior forward Steve Plancey (Point Pleasant, NJ/Oswego Admirals) put the Owls on top when he scored on a wrist shot from the face-off circle at 2:25 of the first period. Freshman defenseman Jeff Callahan (Londonderry, NH/Valley Jr. Warriors) and senior forward Mike Muolo (Stoneham, MA/Stoneham HS) drew the assists.

Sophomore forward Giancarlo Capodanno (Mountainside, NJ/N.J. Rockets) tied the score for the Corsairs with a power play goal at 2:02 of the third period. Stahl assisted on the play.

"On the one hand, it feels like we averted disaster, on the other hand, it feels like half a win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "This is going to be a great league. It was an up and down battle. I have to give our team credit for coming from behind twice. We had to play very hard."

UMass Dartmouth out shot WSC, 42-22. Senior goaltender Jon Dryjowicz-Burek (Ludlow, MA/Springfield Jr. Falcons) made 20 saves for the Corsairs, while sophomore Ian Wilson (Tulsa, OK/ North Bay Skyhawks) stopped 40 shots, many of them difficult saves from close range, for the Owls.

UMD is now 2-1-1 and 0-1-1 in the MASCAC, while Westfield State is 3-0-1 and 1-0-1. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Plymouth State Saturday evening.