WESTFIELD, Mass. – Westfield State University scored two unanswered goals in the third period to capture a, 5-3, victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's ice hockey team in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action on Thursday evening at the Ameilia Park Arena.
The Corsairs (5-17-2) drop their fourth consecutive contest and dip to 5-12-0 in the conference, while the Owls (10-12-1) improve to 9-6-1 against MASCAC opponents.
With six minutes and 33 seconds remaining in regulation, Westfield State senior Vince Perreault capitalized on a power play chance to give the Owls their first lead of the game (4-3). In the final seconds of regulation, Dalton Jay tacked on an empty net score to seal the victory for the home team.
UMass Dartmouth jumped out to a two goal lead in the opening period when junior Shaun Walters (Plymouth, Mich.) logged his 14th score of the season just over six minutes into the contest. Teammate Casey Skolnik (Ashland, Ore.) fired a shot from the right wing that caromed off the Westfield State goaltender and into the vicinity of a rushing Walters for the goal. John Sartell (Wakefield, Mass.) increased the UMass Dartmouth lead (2-0) when he cleaned up a loose rebound for his third score on the year.
The Owls quickly tied up the contest after Senior Taylor Murphy scored on a 5-on-3 power play 13 minutes and six seconds into the game and freshman Jackson Leef followed up his teammate's score 43 seconds later with a man-up goal.
Senior Dmitry Antipin (Novosibirsk, Russia) gave the Corsairs back the lead (3-2) when he streaked up the right wing, cut into the middle of the ice and beat the Westfield State goaltender with 16 minutes and 15 seconds left in the second period. Frank Zuccaro answered back for the Owls, knotting the game at four all just over nine minutes later.
Westfield State outshot UMass Dartmouth by a total of 42 to 37. Owl goalie Ian Perrier recorded 34 saves in route to his first win of the season, while Ben Vandervies (Hanna, Alberta) turned away 37 shot attempts.
The Corsairs return to the ice on Tuesday, Feb. 25 when they take on MASCAC opponent Fitchburg State at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the drop of the puck, UMass Dartmouth will be honoring their three seniors; Antipin, Vandervies and Nate Dupere (Fall River, Mass.).