NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- Sophomore Eric Bolden (Oswego, Ill.) scored a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner early in the third period, to lead UMass Dartmouth to a 4-3 non-league college ice hockey victory over Stonehill Saturday evening at Hetland Arena.
The host Corsairs (4-6) jumped out to a 1-0 lead 4:35 into the contest on senior Jonathan Ruiz’s (Williamstown, N.J.) seventh goal of the season, but the visiting Skyhawks (2-6) evened matters on junior Connor Jewett’s (Berlin, N.H.) third tally of the year just 41 seconds later. Stonehill grabbed a 2-1 edge 71 seconds into the middle stanza on junior Cameron Wright’s (West Dummerston, Vt.) second marker of the season, but UMass Dartmouth forged the second tie of the contest on freshman Blake Harlow’s (Pelham, Ala.) first collegiate goal 57 seconds later and took the lead on Bolden’s first tally of the night with 5:08 remaining in the period.
Bolden’s second goal of the outing (and fourth of the season) extended the Corsairs’ edge to 4-2 4:47 into the final frame, and that score held up until the final seconds of action when the Skyhawks pulled the goalie for an extra attacker and pulled to within one on freshman Charles Page’s (Winthrop, Mass.) second tally of the year. The visitors won the ensuing faceoff but weren’t able to get off an equalizing attempt, enabling the hosts to post their second straight one-goal win.
Senior Mason Nichols (Oviedo, Fla.), juniors Sean Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) and Cameron Mack (Long Beach, Calif.) as well as sophomores Nicholas Short (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Dillon Radin (Long Beach, N.Y.) each collected assists in support of senior Tommy Bay (Duluth, Ga.), who earned his third victory in goal with a 20-save effort for UMass Dartmouth. Juniors Michael Seibold (Reading, Mass.) and Jack Hall (Shelburne, Vt.), along with sophomores Sean Conley (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) and Seth Murray (Gloucester, Mass.), notched helpers in the setback for Stonehill, as senior Billy Palmer (Cranston, R.I.) made 23 stops in net for the visitors. The Corsairs outshot the Skyhawks by a 27-23 margin and held a 43-29 edge in face-off wins for the contest.
UMass Dartmouth travels to Winchendon, Mass. on Wednesday evening to take on Franklin Pierce in a non-league clash that faces-off at 7:00 pm, while Stonehill heads to Colchester, Vt. on Tuesday evening to square off with Saint Michael’s in a Northeast-10 Conference contest that also faces-off at 7:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)