NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Senior Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland) and junior Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) each registered four points to power the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth ice hockey team to an 11-6 non-conference victory over visiting Franklin Pierce this evening at Hetland Arena. Thirteen skaters penned at least one point into their ledgers as the Corsairs produced their highest offensive output in over a decade to earn their second straight victory.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 11, Franklin Pierce 6
Records: UMass Dartmouth (5-6-1, 3-2-1 MASCAC) | Franklin Pierce (2-9-1, 1-3-1 NE-10)
How it Happened
The Corsairs struck early and often, taking a 4-1 lead at the end of the first period.
Laakso got the offensive contest started in the fourth minute of the opening frame, taking advantage of the power play opportunity for his first goal of the contest. Less than a minute later, the Corsairs doubled their advantage when freshman Nicholas Short (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished a chance on feeds from Noah Anderson (Groveland, N.Y.) and Connor Court (Swansea, Ill.)
In the 13th minute of the first period, the Ravens notched their first of the game, cutting the gap to 3-1 when Shepheard Stahel (Plano, Tex.) picked up his second of the year following an assist from freshman Alex Lester (Methuen, Mass.) for the lone goal from Franklin Pierce in the opening two periods.
With a 4-1 lead established in the second, Laasko and Ruiz took turns setting one another up, as Ruiz assisted Laasko on a power play goal to re-open the scoring, before Laasko linked up with Ruiz who finished his eighth of the season.
Short and Brendan McDonough (Wilmington, Mass.) rounded out the UMass Dartmouth goals in the second frame as the host took an 8-1 lead into the third. But in the final stanza, Franklin Pierce controlled a 5-3 exchange in the goal column.
Lester did his part in the late-rally for the Ravens as two of his goals sandwiched the final Corsair goal of the game off the stick of Anderson with 5:30 left to play.
In the final three minutes, Franklin Pierce's Jack Williams (Suffield, Conn.) and Blaise Kilroy (Spring City, Pa.) closed the gap a little more with a goal each, but the third period buzzer blew on the 11-6 win for the hosts.
Inside the Numbers
- Eleven goals is the most scored by a UMass Dartmouth team since the 2004-05 season, when the Corsairs downed Nichols 11-1 on Jan. 12, 2005.
- The Corsairs converted six of their 13 power play chances in the game while the Ravens were 1-for-13 with the man-advantage.
- UMass Dartmouth had a 52-35 lead on shots, including a 20-7 margin in the second period.
- Laasko and Ruiz tallied four points apiece for the Corsairs, with Laasko producing a balanced attacked with two goals and two assists while Ruiz added three helpers.
- Short, Anderson, Mason Nichols (Oviedo, Fla.), and Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) all finished with multi-point games.
- Junior Tommy Bay (Duluth, Ga.) made his second start of the year in net, posting 25 saves on 27 shots to collect his second victory of the year. Jacob Ferreira (Westport, Mass.) saw his first action of the season in the third period, making four saves.
Franklin Pierce faces long layoff before traveling to Suffolk University on Jan. 6 at 7:30 PM. UMass Dartmouth hosts its final non-conference opponent of the year on Saturday, squaring off with No. 5/6 UMass Boston at 7 p.m.