HOOKSETT, N.H. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth hockey team saw its two-goal lead slip away in the third period as Western New England registered four goals to come away with a 6-4 final in the consolation round of the 2017 Manchester PAL Cup.
Score: Western New England 6, UMass Dartmouth 4
Records: Western New England (4-5-1, 1-4-1 CCC) | UMass Dartmouth (3-5-1, 3-1-1 MASCAC)
How it Happened
Western New England got a lead just two minutes into the contest as junior Matt O'Dea (Orland Park, Ill.) got his first of the night, finishing on the power play to get the scoring going.
From there, the Corsair offense took over for the remainder of the period as goals from sophomore Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.), freshman Kai Kapossy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and junior Kenny Tencza (Naples, Fla.) rounded out the scoring.
The teams traded blows in the second period, and again it was the Golden Bears on the power play as Steve Beck (Milton, N.Y.) took the primary pass helper from Matthieu Audet (Campbell, Calif.) before finishing it past goalkeeper Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) to pull closer.
In the 18th minute of the second, junior Jonathan Ruiz (Williamston, N.J.) logged his second point of the contest, taking a pass from Connor Court (Swansea, Ill.) before converting his fourth goal of the year, and third in the last two contests.
In the final period, the game heavily swayed in the favor of the Golden Bears as they dominated the scoresheet with four unanswered goals. Of those four, two came off the stick of O'Dea who logged his fifth goal in the last three games.
The last tally of the game from O'Dea coming on an empty-net in the final second of the game to give Western New England the come-from-behind 6-4 victory.
Inside the Numbers
- For the second game in a row, the Corsair offense notched over 50 shots on net as it came away with 19 in the opening period before matching 17 apiece in the final two frames.
- UMass Dartmouth finished the game 0-for-5 when given a man-advantage while Western New England made good on the power play 2-of-4 times.
- Michals made 25 saves on 30 shots in 58:53 minutes played while his counterpart in net, Kevin Gollmer (Flourtown, Pa.), improved his season record to 3-5-1 with 49 saves in the complete-game effort.
The Corsairs return to the conference slate on Thursday, Nov. 30th when they travel to Worcester State to take on the Lancers for the first time this year in a 7:00 P.M. contest.