Nov. 20, 2010
NEW BEDFORD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team tied visiting Plymouth State, 1-1 in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference game at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Saturday.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the first period. After Plymouth State was called for a cross check penalty, sophomore forward Matt Aponte ( Plano, Texas/Baystate Breakers) scored short-handed just in front of the net on a feed from sophomore forward Sean Foley (Weymouth, MA/Baystate Breakers) with just 32 seconds left in the opening frame.
After a scoreless middle period, the Corsairs answered quickly to start the third. Junior forward Andrew Pontes (New Bedford, MA/Winchendon School) slammed home the rebound of a shot by junior forward Rob Dudley (Douglas, MA/Middlesex School) at 1:47, tying the game at 1-1. Sophomore defenseman Ricky Miller (Colorado Springs, CO/Northern Cyclones) also assisted on the goal.
The game would go into overtime and the Corsairs had a great opportunity to break the tie midway through on a breakaway, but freshman defenseman Nate Dupere's (Fall River, MA/Hebron Academy) pass was just out of the reach of sophomore forward Dave McDonald (Wakefield, MA/Valley Jr Warriors).
"It was a battle but I give the team high marks," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "Plymouth State took the play to us the first half of the game and their goal woke us up. It was a lesson learned, we were a little flat at the start. We played well in the third period and overtime but just didn't get the second goal. For the fourth consecutive game, Colin Tracy was outstanding and it was great to see Pontes, a local kid and New Bedford High product, score his first career goal."
The Corsairs outshot the Panthers, 50-29, holding Plymouth State to five shots in the third period. Senior goaltender Collin Tracy (Medford, MA/Medford HS) made 28 saves for UMD, while Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden/Rogle BK J20 Super Elite) made 49 stops for Plymouth State.
The Corsairs moved to 3-0-1 and 1-0-1 in the MASCAC, while the Panthers moved to 1-1-1 and 0-1-1. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Babson Tuesday evening. Plymouth State will host Worcester State Tuesday evening. UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY