Ice Hockey Drops 5-4 Season Opening Decision At Fitchburg State

Ice Hockey Drops 5-4 Season Opening Decision At Fitchburg State

FITCHBURG, Mass. --  Senior Ricky Kramer’s (Barnstead, N.H.) power play goal with 1:12 remaining lifted Fitchburg State to a 5-4 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference ice hockey victory over UMass Dartmouth Tuesday evening at the Wallace Civic Center.

After the teams traded tallies in the opening period, the host Falcons (1-1, 1-0 MASCAC) took a 2-1 lead 2:48 into the middle stanza on senior Patrick Germain’s (Auburn, Mass.) marker, but the visiting Corsairs (0-1, 0-1 MASCAC) evened matters with 5:52 to play in the frame on sophomore Nicholas Short’s (Los Angeles, Calif.) power play goal.  Fitchburg State struck twice in the final 3:32 of the period on goals by senior Connor McPherson (Clovis, Calif.) and junior Dean Zerby (Harrisburg, Pa.) to take a 4-2 edge into the second intermission, but UMass Dartmouth again knotted the score on goals from seniors Connor Court (Swansea, Ill.) and Brendan McDonough (Wilmington, Mass.) that came less than three minutes apart midway through the final frame.  Kramer provided the heroics on assists from senior Nick DiNicola (Wolcott, Conn.) and freshman Ryan Murphy (Wayzata, Minn.) on the man-advantage for the hosts, as the visitors were unable to net the equalizer while playing with an empty net over the final 28 seconds.

Sophomore Sascha Figi (Kloten, Switzerland) accounted for the other goal in the win for Fitchburg State, which received a pair of assists from junior Kyle Hillick (Byfield, Mass.) along with a two-point performance from Zerby.  Freshman Jimmy Pelton’s (Syracuse, N.Y.) first collegiate goal staked UMass Dartmouth to the early lead just over eight minutes into the contest, as the Corsairs received single assists off the sticks of Court, seniors Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) and Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.), junior Patrick Wrenn (Charlestown, Mass.), sophomore Kai Kapossy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and freshman Griffin Wiencek (Sherwood, Ore.).

Sophomore Brian McGrath (Worcester, Mass.) picked up the win in goal with a 26-save effort for Fitchburg State, while sophomore Parker Butler (Summit, N.J.) made 23 stops in the setback for UMass Dartmouth.  The Corsairs outshot the Falcons by a 30-28 margin, but the hosts converted two of their power play opportunities compared to just one for the visitors.

Both teams head to Worcester, Mass. for their next respective non-league outings with Assumption, as UMass Dartmouth takes on the Greyhounds on Thursday evening at 6:35 pm while Fitchburg State makes the trek to Buffone Arena on Saturday evening for a 6:05 pm faceoff.