WESTFIELD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth clawed their way back into the thrilling overtime showdown on multiple occasions, tying the contest on three different instances. However, Corsairs could not contain Westfield State junior Aaron Clancy (Quincy, Mass.) as the third-year forward buried a game-high four goals – including the overtime game-winner – to notch the Owl victory at the Amelia Park Ice Arena on Thursday night.
Score: Westfield State 5, UMass Dartmouth 4
Records: Westfield State (4-9-1, 2-6-0 MASCAC) | UMass Dartmouth (7-9-1, 4-4-1 MASCAC)
How it Happened
Westfield needed all of seventy-five seconds to break open the scoring, as senior Jeremy Young (Lynnfield, Mass.) set up Clancy for the early 1-0 lead. UMass Dartmouth netted its equalizer shortly after, with the puck zipping from senior Brandon Berkley (Scottsdale, Ariz.) to senior Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) to senior Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) to knot the contest at one goal each. At the 14:28 mark of the opening period, Young was again on the assisting end, this time feeding senior Nik Passero (Fort Erie, Ont.) to take the advantage into the first intermission.
After Berkley was whistled for interference and game misconduct penalties, the Owls capitalized; the hosts doubled up on their margin by scoring the first power-play goal of the game behind the same pairing of the first goal. Corsair junior Brendan McDonough (Wilmington, Mass.) inched his squad back into it, getting a helping pair of hands from juniors Mason Nichols (Oviedo, Fla.) and Noah Anderson (Groveland, N.Y.) at the 12:52 mark. The visitors again fought their way back into another tie, this time with the score at 3-3, as junior Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) went solo for a short-handed goal.
Westfield recaptured the lead early in the final stanza, with Clancy burying the puck with a solo effort of his own to clinch a hat trick. The Owl advantage was shortlived, however, as the Corsairs broke through for another game-tying shot as Ruiz whipped a pass to senior Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland), allowing Sones to force overtime.
Visiting junior Connor Cooley (Simi Valley, Calif.) entered the penalty box at the 3:17 mark in extra time, enabling an Owl power play. Just six ticks later, two hosts queued up Clancy to send Westfield home as winners behind the junior's fourth score of the evening.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs outshot the Owls by a 41-37 clip.
- Westfield converted on two of their six power play opportunities, while UMass Dartmouth struggled in their chances, going scoreless in their three tries.
- Ruiz's shorthanded goal joins him alongside Court and Shea as the three Corsairs to tally such markers this season.
The Corsairs return home to Hetland Arena to host Framingham State on Saturday, scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.