NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth held a three-goal advantage entering the third period, but a quick offensive showing from Fitchburg State in the final stanza erased the deficit, forcing the game into overtime where it ended in a 4-4 draw on the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) opener.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 4, Fitchburg State 4
Records: UMass Dartmouth (0-1-1, 0-0-1 MASCAC) | Fitchburg State (1-0-1, 0-0-1 MASCAC)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth closed the first period with a 2-0 lead. The first home goal of the season came off the stick of sophomore Steven Leonard (Rockaway Port, N.Y.) in the 13th minute, his first of the year, following assists from Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) and Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.).
With under two minutes left in the opening stanza, Sones added his second marker of the year, making good on a power play opportunity before the end of the period (2-0).
In the second, the Corsairs increased the margin when freshman Kai Kapossy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) notched his first collegiate goal, storming down the ice alongside Brendan McDonough (Wilmington, Mass.) before receiving the pass from his teammate to finish the rush.
After the Falcons got on the board for the first time following a goal from Kevin Perry (Hull, Mass.), the Corsairs earned it back when Kenny Tencza (Naples, Fla.) took a primary assist from Brandon Berkley (Scottsdale, Ariz.), ripping a shot past the Falcon keeper for his first goal of the year.
Fitchburg State went onto score three times in the final five minutes of regulation. After two quick goals drew the deficit to one, Nick DiNicola (Wolcott, Conn.) put in the game-tying tally when he battled in a scrum in front of the net, willing the puck across the line for his first of the season.
Despite 12 shots total in the final five minutes, neither team could find the cage for the golden goal, with time ticking to the 4-all final.
Inside the Numbers
- The hosts went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Fitchburg State were unable to convert with the man-advantage on its four chances.
- UMass Dartmouth held the advantage in shots during each period, with the largest lead coming in the first period when they outshot the visitor 18-5.
- Senior net minder Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) halted 29 of 33 shots in a complete performance in between the post. His opposition, Kirby Saari (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), came up with 50 saves in the game.
- Out of the 71 meetings between the two teams, this marks just the seventh time they have tied, with the Corsairs owning a 37-27-7 record.
UMass Dartmouth stays at Hetland Arena on Thursday, when it takes on Assumption College for a 7:30 P.M. matchup. Fitchburg State will then play host to the Greyhounds on Saturday at 4:00 P.M. for its next time out.