Nov. 24, 2009
by Joel Baptista
NEW BEDFORD, MA-- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team defeated visiting Babson, 5-3, in a non-conference game at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Tuesday evening.
Junior forward Jason Stahl (Londonderry, NH/Valley Jr Warriors) slammed home the game-winner at 17:43 of the third period off the rebound from a left wing shot by junior forward Todd Bartelson (Pepperell, MA/Valley Jr Warriors). Junior defenseman Mickey Dudley (Douglas, MA/Boston Jr Bruins) also assisted on the deciding goal.
Sophomore forward Giancarlo Capodanno (Mountainside, NJ/N.J. Rockets) put the Corsairs on the board first as he slid one by Babson sophomore goalie Andrew Peabody (Marblehead, MA/St Paul's School) from the right wing at 8:52. The Corsairs led at the first intermission, 1-0, despite being outshot 21-10 thanks in part to solid goaltending from senior goalie Jon Dryjowicz-Burek (Ludlow, MA/Springfield Jr. Falcons.
UMD came out firing to start the middle period and their aggressiveness paid off as junior forward Billy Manning (Stoughton, MA/Bridgewater Jr Bandits) stuffed home the rebound past the Beavers' Peabody after a shot by senior forward Matt Serino (Saugus, MA/Avon Old Farms) to push the lead to 2-0 just 28 seconds into the period. Senior forward Matt Berard (Calgary, AB/Berkshire School) also assisted on the goal.
The Corsairs took a 3-0 advantage at 3:49 of the final period when senior forward Aaron Blades pumped one into an open net as Peabody lay sprawled on the ice after making a save off a shot by junior forward Joe Hill (Newburyport, MA/Valley Jr Warriors). Capodanno collected an assist on the play as well.
The lead was short-lived as Babson answered back with three goals in the span of over just four minutes. Senior defenseman Ian Goodwin cut the lead to 3-1 at 9:02 as the Beavers were finally able to put one past Dryjowicz-Burek. Less than two minutes later, freshman forward Trevor Hines (Newburyport, MA/Governor's Academy) made it 3-2, beating Dryjowicz-Burek stick-side off a face off in the Corsairs' end. Senior forward Corey Griffin (Hingham, MA/Taft) assisted on the score. Babson would tie the game at 13:10 when freshman forward Ryan Smith (Lynnfield, MA/Boston Bulldogs) redirected a shot from just inside the blue line by senior defenseman Liam Chatterton (Staten Island, NY/St George's). The scene was then set for Stahl's heroics, and Hill added an empty-netter with just 22 seconds to go in the contest, assisted by senior defenseman Paul Moran (Rockville Centre, NY/Boston Jr Bulldogs).
"This was a much, much needed win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "We had a tough week last week. I thought the team played really good for the first 45-50 minutes. A couple of mistakes led to Babson goals. A lot of teams would have folded in that situation but give the team credit, they battled back. This was a `will to win' win in capital letters, and it's a great way to go into the Thanksgiving break."
Babson outshot UMD, 48-40. Dryjowicz-Burek made 45 saves for the Corsairs, while Peabody stopped 35 shots for the Beavers.
UMD is now 3-2-1, while Babson is 1-2-0. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Worcester State December 3rd. The Beavers will visit Williams Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY