NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- Senior Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) and junior Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) each netted a pair of goals and an assist for three points to lead UMass Dartmouth to a 7-3 non-league college ice hockey victory over Curry Tuesday evening at Hetland Arena.
The two teams traded goals in the opening 27-plus minutes of play before the host Corsairs (2-4) took a 4-2 advantage late in the second stanza on Leonard’s power play goal and Ruiz’s first tally of the night. The visiting Colonels (3-4-2) sliced their deficit to one 2:39 into the final frame on senior Lionel Mauron’s (Lausanne, Switzerland) power play marker, but Ruiz responded with a shorthanded tally 11 seconds later to restore UMass Dartmouth’s two-goal edge. Senior Brendan McDonough (Wilmington, Mass.) iced the hosts’ triumph with a pair of markers, including a power play tally, in just over five minutes time to account for the final margin.
Junior Sean Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) collected three assists in the win for the Corsairs, who received a first period goal off the stick of freshman Jimmy Pelton (Syracuse, N.Y.) along with single helpers from senior Connor Court (Swansea, Ill.) and sophomore Dillon Radin (Long Beach, N.Y.). Mauron, senior Zach White (Milford, Conn.) and sophomore Michael Snow (Medford, Mass.) each netted a goal and an assist in the setback for Curry, which received a helper from sophomore Joseph Thielen (Huntington Beach, Calif.).
Senior Tommy Bay (Duluth, Ga.) earned his second straight win between the pipes with a 14-save effort for UMass Dartmouth, which freshman Vladimir Cibulka (Bratislava, Slovakia) made 11 stops over the first two periods of play for Curry. Junior Justin Ketola (Cloquet, Minn.) made seven saves in the final 20 minutes of action for the Colonels, as the Corsairs outshot Curry by a 25-17 margin for the contest.
UMass Dartmouth takes on Fredonia in opening round play of the 2018 Southern New Hampshire Manchester/PAL Stovepipe Tournament on Saturday afternoon in Hooksett, N.H. that faces off at 4:40 pm, while Curry will be idle until Friday, November 30th when the Colonels host Western New England in a Commonwealth Coast Conference clash in Milton, Mass. that faces off at 6:50 pm.
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)