NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth hockey team suffered a setback in a pivotal Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) matchup, as four goals in the final period propelled the Falcons toward the 6-3 final, giving them possession of second place in the conference standings.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 3, Fitchburg St. 6
Records: UMass Dartmouth 9-10-1, 6-6-1 MASCAC | Fitchburg St. 11-6-3, 6-4-3 MASCAC
How it Happened
Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) wasted no time scoring the game's opening goal, using just 75 seconds when he took the feed from Jeff Kirkwood (Ithaca, N.Y.) on the right faceoff dot to find twine on the backhanded shot. The junior netted his second of the period moments later as Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) worked the puck to him atop the slot, and Ruiz finished the job, depositing it to the top-right corner.
After netting their first goal of the game just as the first period expired, the Falcons knotted the score at two apiece 2:40 seconds into the third period when Tyler Warila (Shirley, Mass.) collected a rebound off the leg pads of Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) before burying it into the back of the net.
The team's exchanged goals to start the third when junior Jay Clarke (Forston, Ga.) responded to the Falcon's go-ahead marker when he guided the puck into the target despite being tripped up on the play, netting his first goal of the year. Fitchburg State surged through the remainder of the period, notching four more markers to seal up the 6-3 victory.
Inside the Numbers
- Ruiz extended his current point-streak to 19 games during the loss, posting his fourth multi-goal game of the year.
- The team's combined for 22 penalties and 60 penalty minutes in a game that was chippy wire-to-wire.
- Michals was present between pipes for 57:26 minutes and turned away 30 of 35 shots, picking up an assist on the team's second goal. His opposition, freshman Brian McGrath (Worcester, Mass.), was stellar as he turned away 36 shots en route to his seventh win of the year.
- With the win, the Falcons evened up the season-series at 1-1-1 while improving on the all-time record to 28-39-7 against the Corsairs.
The Corsairs square off with Salem State on Saturday for a MASCAC road-matchup starting at 2:00 pm. Fitchburg State will hit the road for back-to-back games on the same day when it goes against Plymouth State at 6:00 pm.