AUBURN, Mass. – Senior Ben Vandervies (Hanna, Alberta) blocked 34 shots to earn his first career shutout and boost the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's ice hockey team over Worcester State University on Tuesday evening at the Horgan Memorial Rink, 3-0.
UMass Dartmouth (1-1, 1-0 MASCAC) bounced back from a rough 8-2 defeat to regionally ranked UMass Boston to capture a win in the season opener of Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
The Corsairs came out focused and jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the first period of action.
Sophomore Casey Skolnik (Ashland, OR) started the attack only 2:58 into the contest with his first mark of the year. Nine seconds later classmate Connor
Clement (Danvers, Mass.) posted a score of his own to give UMass Dartmouth a two goal lead.
In the 17th minute of the first period, freshman Yury Sokayev (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored the third and final goal of the contest for the Corsairs.
Lancer junior Stephen Rock (Tulsa, Okla.) had a golden scoring opportunity at the top of the point with 10 minutes left in the second, but had his shot batted down
Worcester State did not take advantage of two power play opportunities in the final 10 minutes of regulation as they were 0-for-3 with the extra man on the ice. UMass Dartmouth was also unsuccessful on power plays as they went 0-for-2.
Lancer back up goalkeeper Drew Case (Plano, Texas) shut out the Corsairs during his time on the ice as he turned away 37 shots in 56:04 minutes of play, while Vandervies played 26:58 minutes and improved to 1-1-0 with the win.
The Corsairs host Framingham State in MASCAC play on Thursday at 7:40 p.m.