FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Senior Cameron Mack (Long Beach, Calif.) netted a hat trick to lead UMass Dartmouth to an 8-1 victory over Framingham State in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference ice hockey opener for both teams Tuesday evening at Loring Arena.
The visiting Corsairs (1-1, 1-0 MASCAC) grabbed a 2-0 first period lead on a power play goal from Mack and a penalty shot conversion from freshman John Grealish (Bakersfield, Calif.), but the host Rams (0-1, 0-1 MASCAC) sliced their deficit in half on freshman Matt Paiotti’s (Oakland, N.J.) shorthanded marker 19 seconds into the middle stanza. UMass Dartmouth responded with three shorthanded tallies of their own from Mack, Grealish and junior Dillon Radin (Long Beach, N.Y.) to take a 5-1 cushion after 40 minutes of action, and the visitors received third period goals from Mack, sophomore Jake Maynard (St. John, Ind.) and freshman Michael Perrone (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) to account for the final margin.
Radin added two assists to his goal to finish with a three-point performance for the Corsairs, who received two helpers each from senior Sean Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) and sophomore Josh Vertentes (Rehoboth, Mass.). Senior Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) and junior Nicholas Short (Los Angeles, Calif.) collected single assists for the winners in support of sophomore Chris Stangarone (White Plains, N.Y.), who stopped 27 of 28 shots to pick up his second career victory between the pipes.
Senior Greg Harney (East Haven, Conn.) made 37 saves over the first two periods of play in the setback for Framingham State, which received 12 third period stops from junior Nolan Greene (Quincy, Mass.). UMass Dartmouth outshot the Rams by a 56-27 margin overall, as the Corsairs have outscored Framingham State by a 49-10 margin over their last seven meetings.
UMass Dartmouth will be idle until Thursday, November 14th when the Corsairs travel to Worcester, Mass. to take on Worcester State in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference outing that faces off at 4:40 pm. Framingham State entertains Southern New Hampshire in a non-league clash on Saturday evening at Loring Arena that faces off at 7:40 pm.