AUBURN, Mass. – Two third period goals lift the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's ice hockey team over Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) opponent Worcester State University Thursday evening at the Hogan Arena.
The Corsairs (5-13-2) improve their conference record to 5-8-0 and keep their playoff hopes in reach as they gain sole possession of the final MASCAC playoff spot. The loss drops the Lancers (8-9-1) to 4-8-1 in the league.
Trailing 3-2 to start the third, sophomore Mike Restuccia (Malden, Mass.) lead a three-on-one break up the left side of the ice and slid a pass to senior Dimitry Antipin (Novosibirsk, Russia) on the right of the net for the equalizer. Antipin recorded his fourth score of the season just one minute and 18 seconds into the final period.
With 4:20 left in regulation the puck caromed off Worcester State goaltender Salvatore Tecce's pads into the crease. Sophomore Evangelos Stefanou (Tabernacle, N.J.) rushed the net and put home the unoccupied puck for the game-winner. Sophomore Kyle Johnston (Charlotte, Mich.) and classmate Casey Skolnik (Ashland, Ore.) earned assists on the play.
In the first stanza, UMass Dartmouth gained a one score advantage when freshman Tanner Zacharewicz (Ludlow, Mass.) redirected a shot from teammate Mike Grassi (Reading, Mass.) past the Lancer goaltender. Also earning an assist on the score was sophomore John Sartell (Wakefield, Mass.).
Worcester State regained the lead within the first seven minutes of the second period. Nathan Stanley got the host team on the board when he received a feed from Alex Dewitz and beat Corsair Ben Vandervies (Hannah, Alberta) stick-side for his four mark of the season. A few minutes later Dewitz and Stanley connected again, this time Dewitz was on the scoring end.
Johnston tied the game for UMass Dartmouth at two goals apiece when he found the back of the net during a scramble in front of the Lancers goal with 10 minutes and 11 seconds on the game clock. Worcester State would regain the lead (3-2) before the close of the second when Derek Serbon registered his fourth goal on the year.
Vandervies stopped 31 shots and earned his third win of the season, while Tecci turned away 27 attempts in the loss.
UMass Dartmouth continues MASCAC play as they host Framingham St. on Saturday, Feb 8 at 4:30 p.m.