Fitchburg State Rally Downs Hockey, 5-3

Fitchburg State Rally Downs Hockey, 5-3

Dec. 12, 2009

Final Stats

NEW BEDFORD, MA-Visiting Fitchburg State rallied for four unanswered goals in the third period and came from behind to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team, 5-3, in a Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference game at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Saturday.

Sophomore forward Kris Threlkeld (Centerville, OH/CD Selects) broke a 3-3 tie when he fired home a shot with 2:11 remaining in the third period. He then assisted on an empty net goal by junior forward Chris Riggs (Sewell, NJ/Fort Vancouver Pioneers) at 19:55 that clinched the decision.

The Corsairs built a 3-1 lead, going on top when sophomore forward Rob Dudley (Douglas, MA/ Middlesex School) scored from the face-off circle to break a 1-1 tie at 18:44 of the second period. Sophomore forward Giancarlo Capodanno (Mountainside, NJ/N.J. Rockets) extended the lead when he converted a pass from junior forward Joe Hill (Newburyport, MA/Valley Jr. Warriors) at 1:14 of the third.

But freshman forward Justin Quinn (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) scored his second goal of the game for Fitchburg State to make it 3-2 at 8:32 of the third, then sophomore forward Kevin McCready (Poughkeepsie, NY/Mohawk CC) tied the score on a breakaway at 10:56 of the third period.

Hill put UMD on top when he scored the first goal of the game at 9:56 of the second period, but Quinn tied it with his first goal of the game at 15:37.

"Being up 3-1 in third period and losing at home is a bad loss," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "We didn't do what we were supposed to do, and we made several mistakes that we shouldn't have made, and it cost us."

The Corsairs out shot FSC, 38-32. Falcon junior goaltender Robert Vorse (Leominster, MA/Bay State Breakers) made 35 saves, while senior goalie Jon Dryjowicz-Burek (Ludlow, MA/Springfield Jr. Falcons) made 27 for UMass Dartmouth.

UMD dropped to 4-5-1 and 1-4-1 in the MASCAC with the defeat, while Fitchburg State improved to 6-2-1 and 4-2-0 in the MASCAC with the victory. The Corsairs will take time off for the holidays, returning to action when they visit Salve Regina Saturday, January 9th. The Falcons will also return after the holidays, visiting Amherst on January 2nd.