HOOKSET, N.H. – The University of New England secured five-straight unanswered goals spanning the second and third periods on Sunday, downing the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's ice hockey team 6-2 in the 2015 Manchester PAL/Stovepipe Tournament final, hosted by Southern New Hampshire University.
The Corsairs (2-5-2) earned their share of opportunities to open the game, connecting on 10 shots in the first period. Sophomore Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) began the scoring, slipping the puck past UNE goalkeeper Connor Maloney's (Woburn, Mass.) right side on a breakaway off the pass from senior Brandon Gilmore (Quincy, Mass.) and sophomore Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ontario) at the 12:38 mark.
The lead did not last long, however, as the Nor'easters struck back five minutes later, with Brady Fleurent (Biddeford, Maine) beating netminder Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) on a power play to even the score heading into the first break.
UNE then took control for the remainder of the contest, registering three goals in the second period and two additional scores in the third. Dylan Bengston (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Fleurent sent quick shots past Michals within the first 14 minutes of the second to send the Corsairs into the second break with a 4-1 deficit. Fleurent's two goals to close the second lifted him to a hat trick on the contest.
Despite gaining a tally back on Gilmore's power play goal at the 18-minute mark in the third, a slap shot from the right faceoff circle, UNE's attack was too much. Blaise Healey (Melrose, Mass.) registered the Nor'easters' fifth goal at 15:17, with Armand Uomoleale (Westport, Conn.) following up seconds after Gilmore's score to put the final tally at 6-2.
The Nor'easters (4-4-1) commanded the stat sheet, outshooting UMD 52-29 and capitalizing on 2 of 5 power play opportunities. UMass Dartmouth converted on 1 of 5 power play chances. Michals finished the evening with 46 saves, while Maloney posted 27 stops.
UMass Dartmouth returns to MASCAC play next, traveling to Fitchburg State on Thursday for a 7 p.m. puck drop.