NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- Freshman Jason Ladzinski’s (Norcross, Ga.) power play goal with less than 14 minutes remaining proved to be the game-winner, as Franklin Pierce used three unanswered third period tallies to notch a 4-2 non-league college ice hockey victory over UMass Dartmouth Saturday afternoon at Hetland Arena.
The two teams traded goals over the first two periods of action before freshman Austin Miller’s (Meridian, Idaho) shorthanded marker 2:29 into the third stanza gave the host Corsairs (1-3) a 2-1 edge. Junior Paul Antkowiak (Salem, N.H.) evened matters for the visiting Ravens (2-2-1) 94 seconds later with a power play tally, and Ladzinski followed with his man-advantage marker that gave Franklin Pierce the lead for good. Senior Alex Lester (Methuen, Mass.) sealed the visitors’ triumph with an empty-netter that came with 10 seconds to play.
Lester added an assist to finish with a two-point performance for the Ravens, who received a goal from sophomore Chris Stevenson (Arvada, Colo.) along with helpers from senior James Morrissey (West Haven, Conn.) and freshman Conor Foley (Nahant, Mass.). Miller collected an assist to also record two points in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, which received a marker from freshman Michael Perrone (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) and single helpers off the sticks of senior Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) and sophomore Jimmy Pelton (Syracuse, N.Y.).
Sophomore Kyle Martin (Westford, Mass.) picked up the win in goal with 24 save effort for Franklin Pierce, while sophomore Chris Stangarone (White Plains, N.Y.) made 23 stops in the setback for the Corsairs in a contest that saw each team register 26 shots on goal.
UMass Dartmouth hosts Salem State in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference outing on Thursday evening at Hetland Arena that faces off at 7:20 pm, while Franklin Pierce travels to Westfield, Mass. for a non-league matchup with Westfield State on Tuesday evening that faces off at 7:35 pm.
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete)