Nov. 22, 2009
by John Cabral
WATERVILLE VALLEY, NH-- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team still seeks its first win in their new conference after losing 3-0 to host Plymouth State in a Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference game at the Waterville Valley Arena Saturday evening.
The Panthers scored quickly on two first period goals to put the Corsairs in the rear view mirror. Sophomore forward Bryan Kriner (Newport, R.I./Boston Jr. Bruins) lit the lamp just 1:16 into the first period, scoring an even strength goal assisted by junior forward Sean Buckley (Sagamore, Mass./Lawrence Academy) and freshman forward Matt Aponte (Plano, Texas/Baystate Breakers). Plymouth gave itself a cushion five minutes later when freshman forward Seth Phelan (Bristol, Conn./Northern Cyclones) scored off assists from junior forward Andrew Stewart (O'Leary, PEI, Canada/Hoosac School HS) and senior forward Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md./DeMartha Catholic HS/Boston Harbor Wolves) to make it a 2-0 game at 6:33.
Neither team was able to score in a standstill second period. The Panthers finished off the scoring for the night in the third when Buckley took a pass from Chambers and stuffed it home at 9:10.
Despite being shutout, the Corsairs outshot the Panthers 34-29. The Corsairs had numerous opportunities, including six power plays, all of which were unsuccessful. The Panthers also failed to score on all five of their power plays.
Corsair senior goaltender Jon Dryjowicz-Burek (Ludlow, Mass./Springfield Junior Falcons) took the loss in net to fall to 2-2-1 on the season. Burek managed 26 saves, exactly half of which came in the busy first period. After allowing two first period goals, Burek stopped 13 of the last 14 Panther shots.
Panther junior netminder Erik Shields (Lebanon, Maine/Walpole Express) stopped all 34 shots to register his first shutout of the season and improve to 3-0-0 on the campaign. "Plymouth had a very good goaltender for the second year in a row," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "They won a lot of races to loose pucks and really outcompeted us."
The Panthers avenged a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Corsairs at the Waterville Arena last season.
Plymouth State improved to 4-1 and 1-1 in the MASCAC, while UMass Dartmouth fell to 2-2-1 and 0-2-1. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Babson Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM at the Hetland Arena in New Bedford. The Panthers are idle until after Thanksgiving, and will travel to Southern New Hampshire for a game on December 2nd at 7:30 PM.
UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY