February 8, 2014

Framingham State Stuns Corsairs in Final Minute

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – In the final minute of regulation, senior Daniel Miressi and junior Brandon McCarron each netted a goal to help Framingham State University steal a 4-2 road victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's ice hockey team on Saturday afternoon at the Hetland Arena.

The Rams (8-8-4) improve to 6-5-3 in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Conference (MASCAC) and jump into third place of the standings, while the Corsairs (5-14-2) slip to 5-9-0 and remain in sixth place in the conference.

With 43 seconds on the clock and the score tied (2-2), Miressi found the back of the net for the game-winning goal off a feed from teammate Ryan McDonald. Just 18 seconds later, McCarron obtained possession from an attacking Corsairs player and smoothly sailed the puck into an empty net to seal the win for Framingham State.       

Both teams notched a goal in the opening period of play. Only one minute and 42 seconds following start of the game, senior Dmitry Antipin (Novosibirsk, Russia) took a feed from teammate Mike Restuccia (Malden, Mass.), raced past the visitor's defenders up the middle of the ice and beat the goaltender stick-side to give the Corsairs a one goal advantage. Framingham State answered when Cameron Hoffman had his shot turned away by UMass Dartmouth goaltender Ben Vandervies (Hannah, Alberta), but Thomas Tracy was there to put home the rebound for his sixth score of the season.

In the second, Antipin recorded his second score of the contest and gave the lead back to the Corsairs when he converted on a power–play opportunity. Junior Shaun Walters (Plymouth, Mich.) and senior Nate Dupere (Fall River, Mass.) were awarded assists on the play.

To start the third the score was in favor of UMass Dartmouth (2-1) until Miressi made a push up the right side of the Corsair's zone and sent a cross-ice pass to teammate Ryan McDonald for the one-timer past Vandervies. The equalizer was McDonald's tenth of the year.

UMass Dartmouth outshot the Rams by a total of 37 to 34 and committed one less penalty (5-4) than Framingham State.  Nicholas Cafrelli turned away 35 shots and registered his seventh win between the pipes for the Rams, while Vandervies stopped 30 attempts for the Corsairs.   

 UMass Dartmouth returns to the ice on Thursday, Feb. 8 when they host MASCAC opponent Plymouth State at 7:40 p.m.