UMass Dartmouth Defeated by Falcons, 4-2

NEW BEDFORD, Mass.-The University of Massachusetts men's ice hockey team ended its season with a home loss to Fitchburg State University, 4-2, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) matchup this evening at the Hetland Arena.    

The Corsairs (5-18-2) finished their season with a conference record of 5-13-0, while the Falcons (11-13-1) improved to 8-9-1 amongst MASCAC play.

The Falcons took the first advantage two minutes and 49 seconds into the contest. UMass Dartmouth goalie turned away a shot from Sean Loebs, but Ryan Bedard was positioned perfectly to put home his fifth score of the year. Two minutes and one second later, sophomore Billy Boudreau (Newburyport, Mass.) found an unmarked Dmitry Antipin (Novosibirsk, Russia) who fired the equalizer for the Corsairs.

Sophomore Matt Hughes (Hingham, Mass.) gave UMass Dartmouth its first lead of the contest (2-1) when he stole the puck in the Falcon's zone and beat the Fitchburg State goaltender for his first goal of the season.

Just 19 seconds into the second, Falcon Ryan Connolly made a strong push up the left wing and beat the goalie to tie the game at two goals apiece. Bedard recorded his second score of game at 12:09 when he and teammate Craig Halpin worked a successful give-and-go to swing control back to the visitors.

Loebs sealed the win for Fitchburg State when he put the puck into an empty net with seconds remaining in regulation.

Junior Ryan Wysocki registered 59 saves en route to his eighth win of the season for the Falcons, while senior Ben Vandervies (Hannah, Alberta) stopped 32 shots for the Corsairs.

UMass Dartmouth held a strong advantage in the shot column (61-36), while Fitchburg State converted one of two power play opportunities.