WORCESTER, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth hockey team was locked even with undefeated Worcester State, but the Lancers prevailed with three unanswered goals in the final period to take a 4-1 decision in the MASCAC bout on Thursday evening.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 1, Worcester State 4
Records: UMass Dartmouth (3-6-1, 3-2-1 MASCAC) | (Worcester State 8-0, 5-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened
The Lancers pushed the first marker across in the sixth minute of the second period when forward Nick Patullo (Doylestown, Pa.) beat UMass Dartmouth goalkeeper Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) top-right corner to put the host up.
Midway through the frame, the Corsairs leveled the score at one each on a power play when sophomore Jeff Kirkwood (Ithaca, N.Y.) notched his second goal of the season from the slot after feeds from junior Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) and senior Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.).
In the third period, senior Mike Moran (Milford, Mass.) got the offense flowing as he assisted Andy DeAngelis (Poughquag, N.Y.) on the eventual game-winning marker with 9:02 left to play.
Moran added two insurance goals in the waning minutes of the game, taking a feed from junior Mitchell Purdie (Peterborough, Ont.) on the first before converting on the empty-net for his fifth- and sixth- goals of the year, keeping the Lancers unbeaten on the season.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs were held to under 50 shots for the first time since Nov. 18th with 25, while the Lancers finished with 30.
- UMass Dartmouth went 1-of-5 on the power play and held Worcester State scoreless on its four opportunities with the man-advantage.
- Michals made 26 saves on 29 attempts on net while playing 59:40 minutes between iron while his counterpart, sophomore Josh Reinstein (Woodland Hills, Calif.), finished with 24 saves to increase his record to 7-0.
- The Lancers top UMass Dartmouth for the first time in the past seven meetings, dating back to a 1-1 tie on Nov. 3, 2015.
UMass Dartmouth opens the final non-conference stretch of the year, sticking to the road against Stonehill on Saturday for a 5:10 puck drop.