Hockey Blanks Suffolk, 8-0

Hockey Blanks Suffolk, 8-0

Nov. 14, 2009

Final Stats

NEW BEDFORD, MA--The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team scored two goals in each of the first two periods and blanked visiting Suffolk, 8-0, in their 2009-10 home opener at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Saturday.

The Corsairs took a 2-0 lead in the first period. Senior forward Matt Serino (Saugus, MA/Avon Old Farms) made it 1-0 when he shoveled the rebound of a shot by senior forward Aaron Blades (Chino, CA/Cushing Academy) past Suffolk junior goaltender Ryan Mula (Waltham, MA/Northeastern) at 9:44 of the first period with UMass Dartmouth on the power play. Junior forward Jason Stahl (Londonderry, NH/Valley Jr. Warriors-EJHL) made it 2-0 on a two-on-one break at 12:42, one-timing home a pass from junior forward Joe Hill (Newburyport, MA/Valley Junior Warriors-EJHL).

UMass Dartmouth added to their lead with a pair of scores within a span of a minute and 14 seconds late in the second period. Freshman forward Dave McDonald (Wakefield, MA/Valley Jr. Warriors) scored his first goal as a Corsair when he one-timed a pass from sophomore forward Mike Owens (South Boston, MA/Boston Jr. Bulldogs) high into the net at 17:40. Sophomore forward Giancarlo Capodanno (Mountainside, NJ/New Jersey Rockets-AtJHL) made it 4-0 when he deflected sophomore defenseman Kyle Haas' (Newburgh, NYNorthwood School) shot out of the air and into the net at 18:54.

The Corsairs put it away in the third period, getting goals from Blades, Hill, Owens and sophomore forward Rob Dudley (Douglas, MA/Middlesex School).

"I was really happy with the way we played," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "We were quick to the puck on offense and on defense, and our power play goal right off the bat helped set the tone, as did our two goals late in the second period. You don't see eight goals scored by eight different players too often. It was a good team effort."

UMass Dartmouth outshot Suffolk, 25-23. Mula made 17 saves for the Rams, while UMD senior goaltender Jon Dryjowicz-Burek stopped 23 shots to earn his first shutout of the season.

"Jon Dryjowicz-Burek has been very solid for us," said Rolli. "Statistically, he is one of the top goalies in Division III college hockey, and his play is a very big part of our success."

The Corsairs improved to 2-0-0 with the victory, while the Rams fell to 0-3-1 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they open their MASCAC schedule at Salem State Tuesday evening. Suffolk will host Salve Regina Tuesday.