NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA –The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team defeated visiting Framingham State, 3-1 in a Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference game at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Saturday.
The Corsairs came out of the gates quickly. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the opening period. First, senior forward Nick Marquis (Londonderry, NH/Valley Jr Warriors-EJHL) finished off a flurry from in front of Framingham State goalie Nick Cafrelli (San Jose, CA/Minnesota Owls) at 3:46 assisted by junior forward Greg Girtatos (Tyngsboro, MA/Bishop Guertin HS) and senior forward Dave McDonald (Wakefield, MA/Valley Jr Warriors-EJHL). The second goal came via the power play as a pretty feed from freshman forward Swann Boisvert (Blainville, QC/Pembroke Lumber Kings-CHL) found senior forward Phil Bronner (Wilbraham, MA/Springfield Jr Falcons-EJHL) who put it past Cafrelli at 5:26. McDonald picked up his second assist on the tally.
The Rams would cut the deficit in half just before the period ended. After back to back penalties gave Framingham State a two-man advantage, the Rams capitalized on the opportunity when junior defenseman Bo Driscoll (Chelmsford, MA/New England Huskies) found the back of the net at 19:25, beating Corsairs senior goalie Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL), assisted by sophomore defenseman Dylan Cosford (Windsor, ON/Wheatley Sharks) and sophomore forward Brendan McCarron (Millbury, MA/St. John's).
The teams played a scoreless second period despite the Corsairs outshooting the Rams, 21-4, in the middle frame.
UMass Dartmouth would get an empty netter with just 52 seconds to play in the contest to account for the final margin. Senior forward Dan Dempsey (Norwell, MA/Lebanon Valley) scored, assisted by sophomore forward Shaun Walters (Plymouth, MI/Rochester Ice Hawks-MNJHL).
"We played a good 60 minutes of hockey," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "We capitalized on the power play early and surrendered a five on three late in the first, but I thought we dominated the second. Isn't it ironic that our third goal came on empty netter? Hey, as close as the game was, I thought we controlled the play and stayed with the game plan. Williams was solid in net and we got a much needed league win."
The Corsairs outshot the Rams, 43-27. Williams made 26 saves for UMD, while junior Nick Cafrelli (San Jose, CA/Minnesota Owls) made 40 saves for Framingham State.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 7-6-4 and 6-3-3 in the MASCAC with the victory, while Framingham State improved to 2-15-1 and 0-11-1 in the MASCAC with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Stonehill Tuesday evening. The Rams will visit Fitchburg State next Thursday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY