NEW BEDFORD, MA –The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team played sold defense and senior goaltender Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL) made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Corsairs blanked visiting Fitchburg State, 4-0, in a Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference match at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Saturday.
UMass Dartmouth, which held their opponent under 30 shots for only the second time this season, took a 1-0 lead on their first shot of the game. Sophomore forward Shaun Walters (Plymouth, MI/Rochester Ice Hawks-MNJHL) took a pass from freshman forward Swann Boisvert (Blainville, QC/Pembroke Lumber Kings-CJHL) and beat FSU junior goaltender Randy Wolcott (East Haven, CT/Wisconsin-Stevens Point) 17 seconds after the opening face-off.
The Corsairs made it 2-0 when senior forward Dave McDonald (Wakefield, MA/Valley Jr. Warriors) took a pass from senior forward Nick Marquis (Londonderry, NH/Valley Jr. Warriors-EJHL) and scored with UMD a man down at 15:22.
UMass Dartmouth widened their lead in the second period. Junior forward Greg Girtatos (Tyngsboro, MA/Bishop Guertin HS) intercepted a pass, cut across the slot and scored to make it 3-0 at 17:33. McDonald capped the scoring with his second shorthanded goal of the game, picking up a loose puck, broke in alone and scored at 2:03 of the third period.
"Overall, I thought that it was our best game of the season," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "We wanted to win all three periods. We played very well five on five, we moved the puck well on the power play, and we did a good job on the penalty kill, playing against a team that came in with a .245 power play percentage and 12 power play goals. We played well defensively and Ryan Williams was solid in goal. We've got a big week coming up next week."
The Corsairs outshot the Falcons, 39-26. Wolcott made 35 saves. UMD was scoreless in five power play opportunities, while FSU was zero for three.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 4-1-2 and 3-0-1 in the MASCAC with the victory, while Fitchburg State dropped to 3-4-1 and 2-2-0 in the MASCAC with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Plymouth State next Thursday evening. Fitchburg State will host Westfield State next Thursday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY