Corsairs Settle For Second Draw in Three Games

MILTON, Mass. – An extra period of play could not settle the score as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's ice hockey team and Curry College tied, 2-2, in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday evening 

UMass Dartmouth (2-6-2) records their second draw in three games with the first coming this past weekend against Colby College in a 4-4 game. 

Through the first nine games of the season the Corsairs have compiled 14 first period goals, while limiting their opponents to only three. Sophomore Mike Restuccia (Malden, Mass.) continued the trend for UMass Dartmouth when he found the back of the net for his fourth score of the year with 10:40 on the board. Tanner Zacharewicz (Ludlow, Mass.), the most recent recipient of the MASCAC Rookie of the Week award, was given the assist on the play. 

Curry (2-5-1) knotted the game at 1-1 when freshman forward Joe Scarfo (Winthrop, Mass.) registered his second mark of the campaign. Scarfo was setup by teammates Jake Heisinger (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Brandon Gilmore (Quincy, Mass.) at 4:35 in the second stanza. 

Just over nine minutes into the third, the Corsairs were granted a golden opportunity when Gilmore was hit with a two-minute penalty for slashing. Instead, Curry defenseman Shane Harrington (Mansfield, Mass.) slapped in an unassisted goal with 10:21 remaining to give the Colonels the 2-1 lead. 

UMass Dartmouth trailed for mere 22 seconds until Tom Braswell (Lynn, Mass.) ripped a power-play goal by the host goalie. The helper on the play was credited to sophomore Mike Grassi (Reading, Mass.), his second on the year. 

In the final ticks of regulation, both squads had several opportunities to capture the victory.  

Colonel Michael Lopez (Newton, Mass.) was inches away from a game-winning goal as his shot clanked off the pipe. Teammate Tommy Tsicos (Barrie, Ontario) had a rip of his own, but was stopped by Corsair goalkeeper Ben Vandervies (Hana, Alberta). UMass Dartmouth forward Shaun Walters (Plymouth, Mich.) had his shot denied by Curry goalie Derek Mohney (Amherst, N.Y.), while Nate Dupere (Fall River, Mass.) had his attempt blocked by a Colonel defender.

Corsair sophomore Conor Clement (Danvers, Mass.) recorded the only shot in a scoreless overtime.  

UMass Dartmouth went one for eight on power play opportunities, while the Colonels out shot the Corsairs by six. Vandervies stopped 31 shots, while Mohney turned away 25 in the draw. 

UMass Dartmouth returns to action on Saturday when they host Fitchburg State in a MASCAC showdown at 4:30 p.m.