Jerry Laakso’s Hat Trick Lifts Ice Hockey over #5/6 UMass Boston

Jerry Laakso’s Hat Trick Lifts Ice Hockey over #5/6 UMass Boston

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland) netted the Corsairs' final three goals, including the overtime game-winner, to lift his squad 5-4 over the #5/6 UMass Boston Beacons on Saturday at Hetland Arena. The victory marked the first win for a UMass Dartmouth hockey team over a ranked opponent since 2006.

The Basics
Score: UMass Dartmouth 5, UMass Boston 4 (OT)
Records: UMass Dartmouth (6-6-1) | UMass Boston (10-3-0)

How it Happened
Laakso registered his first career hat trick in the win, finishing with three points as classmate Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) added three assists. Senior Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) backstopped UMass Dartmouth with a rock-solid, 51-save performance to tie his career-high in net.

The Beacons received two goals and an assist from junior Garrison Sanipass (Northbrook, Ill.), with senior Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) tallying a goal and an assist.

UMass Dartmouth struck first and set the tone, when senior Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) slipped the puck past Anthony D'Urso (Rome, N.Y.) off the assist by Shea. The back-and-forth began less than two minutes later, with Larkin and Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) feeding Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) for the Beacon power play goal.

Sanipass gave UMass Boston its first lead to close out the first period, beating the buzzer with just three ticks before the intermission. Out of the break, the visitors upped the advantage to two with Larkin registering his goal, but the Corsairs rose to the occasion throughout the rest of the frame. Tencza collected the rebound off a Shea shot in the 14th minute, and Laakso began his offensive burst to knot the score at three in the 17th minute.

Once again, Sanipass struck first in the third period, tapping in a redirected rebound out of Michals' sightline, but the stage was set for Laakso the remainder of competition. The captain tied the game at four, converting off assists by Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) and Sones in the 10th minute, and Michals made a point-blank save on a breakaway to keep the Beacons off the scoreboard through regulation.

Just a minute and a half into overtime, UMass Boston was whistled for a roughing penalty, and the power play gave way to Laakso's third goal five seconds later as his shot trickled over the line behind D'Urso.

Inside the Numbers

  • Saturday's win is UMass Dartmouth's first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent since March 8, 2006 when the No.-15 ranked Corsairs handily defeated No. 6 Geneseo 8-2 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • Laakso's hot streak continued, as the senior has now registered 12 points in the past three games alone. He is now tied for sixth nationally in points per game for defensemen at 1.23 (16 total points).
  • UMass Boston went 2-for-5 on the man-advantage on the game, with UMass Dartmouth's lone power play goal in seven chances serving as the overtime game-winner.
  • The Beacons held a 55-46 advantage on shots, with D'Urso turning aside 41 tries.
  • UMass Dartmouth ends the Beacon's 10-game winning streak in the rivalry, dating back to Jan. 22, 2008.

Up Next
UMass Dartmouth closes out the calendar year with the key win, returning to the ice Saturday, Jan. 6 at Fitchburg State for MASCAC play. UMass Boston will host Williams next on Dec. 29 to start the 53rd Annual Codfish Bowl.