NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA –The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team lost to visiting Stonehill 7-2, in a non-conference game at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Tuesday evening.
The Skyhawks got the early jump on the Corsairs at 3:23 in the opening period. Sophomore forward Kevin Aufiero (Canton, MA/Walpole Express-AJHL) took a feed from senior forward Dana Borges (Taunton, MA/Williston Northhampton) and put it by Corsairs' junior goalie Ben Vandervies (Hanna, AB/Golden Rockets-KJHL), staking Stonehill to a 1-0 lead. Skyhawks sophomore defenseman Brendan Greene (Weymouth, MA/South Shore Kings-EJHL) also picked up an assist on the tally.
Stonehill erupted for three quick goals in just over the first five minutes of the middle frame. Aufiero picked up his second goal of the game just 37 seconds in, assisted again by Borges making it 2-0. Borges put himself in the scoring column at 4:01, assisted by junior forward Bryan Rooney (Canton, MA/New Hampton School) pushing it to 3-0 and at 5:08 the Skyhawks had a 4-0 advantage when freshman forward Thomas DePoalo (Mendham, NJ/Morristown Beard School) found the net on the power play.
Corsairs senior goalie Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL) replaced Vandervies (14 saves) and the Corsairs found some life when senior forward Phil Bronner (Wilbraham, MA/Springfield Jr Falcons-EJHL) scored back to back goals less than a minute apart cutting the deficit in half at 4-2. His first goal came at 8:36, assisted by junior defenseman Nate Dupere (Fall River, MA/Hebron Academy) and senior forward Dave McDonald (Wakefield, MA/Valley Jr Warriors-EJHL). His second came at 9:07, assisted by McDonald and senior forward Nick Marquis (Londonderry, NH/Valley Jr Warriors-EJHL).
The Skyhawks answered right back at 10:02, re-upping the lead to three goals, at 5-2. DePoalo scored his second goal of the night assisted by freshman forward Nate Soter (Danvers, MA/Pingree School) and freshman forward Thomas Jenkins (Canton, MA/Williston Northhampton).
Stonehill tacked on two more goals in the third period. Both DePoalo and Aufiero picked up their third goals to record hat tricks. DePoalo scored at 16:46, assisted yet again by Rooney. Aufiero scored the final goal at 18:29, assisted by Soter and Borges.
"We got beat in all phases of the game tonight", said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "Stonehill played very well. They were flying and clearly the better team tonight."
The Corsairs outshot the Skyhawks, 40-33. Williams made 12 saves for UMD in relief, while sophomore goalie Chris Tasiopoulos (Norwell, MA/Thayer Academy) made 38 saves for Stonehill.
UMass Dartmouth fell to 7-7-4 with the defeat, while Stonehill improved to 10-11-0 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Worcester State Thursday evening. The Skyhawks will host Franklin Pierce Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY