NEW BEFORD, Mass. – Junior Brandon Gilmore (Quincy, Mass.) accumulated five points with a hat trick and a pair of assists in his first home game as a Corsair, leading the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's ice hockey team in a rout of conference opponent Framingham State, 9-2, on Thursday evening at the Hetland Arena.
The Corsairs tallied a season-high, single-game goal output, surpassing the previous mark, which UMass Dartmouth produced in a 6-4 win over Fitchburg State on Dec. 6. In all three victories this season, the Corsairs have produced five or more scores, outscoring their opponents 20-12.
Gilmore logged all of his scoring marks in the opening two periods. The Quincy, Mass. product beat the netminder for his first goal of the season, one minute and 15 seconds into the contest. At the seven minute, 22 second mark, Gilmore and teammate Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) set up sophomore Mike Kelly (Stoneham, Mass.) to give the host team a two-score lead to finish the first. Shea found himself on the front end of five scoring plays, while Kelly setup three scores and found the back of the net twice for the Corsairs.
Following a quick score by sophomore Mark Essery (Rockfall, Conn.) to open the second stanza, UMass Dartmouth rambled off four consecutive strikes, two of which came off the stick of Gilmore. With a 2-1 lead, the forward increased UMass Dartmouth's lead back up to two scores when he put home a pass from Shea and sophomore Jon Houk (Richboro, Pa.) with 19 minutes, 30 seconds showing on the game clock. Under a minute and a half later, Gilmore and Kelly found freshman Kyle Zacharewicz (Ludlow, Mass.) for a man-up strike. Gilmore scored his hat trick goal at the 11 minute, 36 second mark, giving the Corsairs a commanding 5-1 lead. Junior Billy Boudreau (Newburyport, Mass.) closed out the second period with his second goal of the year.
Framingham State began the final period with its second goal from Essery, cutting the deficit down to four. Kelly, Shaun Walters (Plymouth, Mich.) and Mike Restuccia (Malden, Mass.) each recorded a mark in the scoring column to solidify the win.
In net, JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) turned away 26 attempts to earn his third win of the season, while teammate Nic Wackerly (Altadena, Calif.) made nine saves in relief for UMass Dartmouth. For the Rams, Alessio Muggli (Rueti, Switzerland) made 19 stops in 32minutes and Matthew Crescione (West Hempstead, N.Y.) compiled nine saves over the remaining 28 minutes of play.
The Corsairs took advantage of their power-play opportunities, capitalizing on two of six attempts. Framingham State spent significantly more time in the box with 14 penalty minutes, compared to only six by hosts.
UMass Dartmouth returns to action at 3:30 pm on Saturday, Jan. 17, when the Corsairs host MASCAC foe Plymouth State. The Rams continue conference play against Salem State on Saturday, with an anticipated start time of 2:40 pm.