February 1, 2014

Men's Ice Hockey Falls to Fitchburg State, 4-2

FITCHBURG, Mass. – Junior Sean Lobes recorded a goal and two assists to lead Fitchburg State University over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's ice hockey team in a Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) matchup on Saturday evening at the Wallace Civic Center, 4-2.  

The Falcons improve to .500 (6-6-0) in the conference and 9-10-0 overall, while the Corsairs drop to 4-8-0 in the MASCAC and 4-13-2 on the year.  

Fitchburg State jumped out to an early two goal lead in the opening stanza. Loebs and sophomore John Celli found right winger Mike Fish for a short-handed score just one minute, 46 seconds into the contest. With 1:17 on the game clock, Nat Rojas gave his team a two goal advantage after he found the back of the net for his third score of the season. Loebs and sophomore Timmy Genova were credited with assists on the play.

In the second period, Celli put Fitchburg State up by three scores with his tenth goal of the year with just over ten minutes remaining in the period.     

With two assists already in the game, Loebs jumped into the scoring column seven minutes, 52 seconds into the third period. The junior increased the Falcon's lead to a staggering four goals and registered his third goal of the season.

The Corsairs got on the scoreboard with nine minutes, 30 seconds left in the third when sophomore Garret Allen (Dartmouth, Mass.) converted on a penalty shot for his second score of the season. Just over two minutes later sophomore Mike Restuccia (Malden, Mass.) logged his ninth goal of the year off assists from Shaun Walters (Plymouth, Mich.) and John Sartell (Wakefield, Mass.) to cut the deficit in half, but that was as close as the visitors would come.

Fitchburg State goaltender Ryan Wysocki saved 32 shots en route to his sixth win between the pipes, while senior Ben Vandervies (Hanna, Alberta) stopped 29 attempts in the loss.

UMass Dartmouth continues MASCAC play on Thursday, Feb. 6 when they travel to Worcester St. for a 5:45 p.m. contest.