FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Three points from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland) paced the Corsairs, who scored twice in the third period to prevail 3-1 at Framingham State in the regular-season finale on Tuesday evening. With the victory, UMass Dartmouth secures the No. 3 seed for the upcoming MASCAC Tournament this weekend.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 3, Framingham State 1
Records: UMass Dartmouth (17-8-0, 12-6-0 MASCAC) | Framingham State (2-23-0, 1-17-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened
The Corsairs potted the game's first score in the 16th minute of the first period. Sophomore Brendan McDonough (Wilmington, Mass.) notched his fifth goal of the season at the 15:26 marker, after receiving the pass from Hunter Wilhoite (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Laakso. The Rams knotted the score in the final minute before the first intermission, when John Sheehan (Norwood, Mass.) scored on a one-timer, beating UMass Dartmouth goalkeeper Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.).
After a scoreless second period, UMass Dartmouth regained the lead for good when junior Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) sniped the one-timer into the back of the cage. Laakso then sealed the victory for the Corsairs in the 14th minute, firing a shot from the blue line which ricocheted off Adam Calabrese's (Philadelphia, Pa.) glove and trickled in the back of the net.
Inside the Numbers
- Tuesday marks the first time that the Corsairs have won 17 games since the 2010-11 campaign when UMass Dartmouth totaled 18 wins.
- Michals was solid between the pipes for the Corsairs, as the junior turned aside 36 of the 37 shots he faced on the evening.
- Calabrese tallied 20 of his 39 saves in the third period, as UMass Dartmouth outshot the Rams 22-9 in the final 20 minutes.
- With three points on the evening, Laakso moves into first place in defenseman scoring in the MASCAC on the season with 20 points in conference games.
- With Sones' third period power-play goal, the Corsairs lead the conference scoring on 22.5 percent (29 of 129) of their man-up opportunities. The junior's ninth goal places him tied for third in the nation on the man-advantage and first in the conference.
- After allowing one goal on the evening, the Corsair goalkeepers have not allowed more than two goals in the last five contests. In the previous 20 games, UMass Dartmouth accomplished this feat three times.
UMass Dartmouth will host No. 6 seed Westfield State for the MASCAC first round on Saturday; puck drop is scheduled for 6:50 p.m. at Hetland Arena. The winner will move on to travel to No. 2 seed Salem State next Tuesday.