AUBURN, MA –Senior forward Phil Bronner (Wilbraham, MA/Springfield Jr. Falcons-EJHL) and junior forward Greg Girtatos (Tyngsboro, MA/Bishop Guertin HS) each scored twice and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team built a 5-2 lead before holding off a late rally by host Worcester State to post a 5-4 victory in a Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference game at the Horgan Arena Thursday evening.
Girtatos gave the Corsairs a 1-0 lead when he scored at 13:15 of the first period, but Brenton Dyok of the Lancers scored two goals two and a half minutes apart late in the first period to put WSU ahead after one period, 2-1.
Girtatos tied the game with a power play goal at 9:10 of the second period, Bronner put UMD ahead with his first goal of the night 35 seconds later, and sophomore forward Dmitry Antipin (Novosibirsk, Russia-Cape Cod Cubs-EJHL) made it 4-2 when he scored at the 15;11 mark.
Bronner scored his second goal of the game at 2:27 of the third period to make it 5-2. But Mike Leskun's goal at 5:07 of the third period made it 5-3, and Cody Osburn scored a power play goal at 10:12 of the third period to make it 5-4. The Corsairs held the Lancers off the rest of the way.
"It was a typical MASCAC league game where you are never out of the woods," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "True to the axiom that a three-goal lead is one of the worst leads in hockey, we were up 5-2 with the game in hand and Worcester State came back and scored two goals before the period was over. We were able to hang on for the victory."
The Corsairs out shot the Lancers, 37-31. Senior goaltender Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL) made 27 saves for UMD, while Drew Case stopped 32 shots for Worcester State. The Corsairs converted one of three power play opportunities, while the Lancers were two for five.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 6-4-2 and 5-1-1 in the MASCAC with the victory, while Worcester State dropped to 4-9-0 and 1-6-0 in MASCAC action with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they play Salve Regina Saturday at the Falmouth Arena in Cape Cod. The Lancers will visit Westfield State Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY