Hawks Fly Past Corsairs, 5-2

Hawks Fly Past Corsairs, 5-2

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The UMass Dartmouth hockey team overcame a two-goal first period deficit, but Saint Anselm College scored three third period goals to post a 5-2 victory this evening at Hetland Arena.  The Hawks improved to 5-3-1 on the season, while the Corsairs fell to 2-5-0.

Senior Mike Ferraro (Northbridge, Mass.) turned in a balance effort with a goal and an assist to lead Saint Anselm, while sophomore Kilian Hammersmith (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) dished out a pair of assists.  Sophomore Michal Soustal (Unicov, Czech Republic) registered 28 stops to raise his individual record to 2-1.

Freshman Austin Miller (Meridan, Idaho) and junior Eric Bolden (Oswego, Ill.) each tallied markers for UMass Dartmouth.  Sophomore Chris Stangarone (White Plains, N.Y.) notched 26 saves in the loss.

The Hawks wasted little time building an early advantage as the visitors scored 31 seconds apart less than 10 minutes into the opening frame.  The Corsairs capitalized on their first attempt 33 seconds later to stem the tide.  Miller converted a feed from sophomore Griffin Wiencek (Sherwood, Ore.) and freshman John Grealish (Bakersfield, Calif.) to enter the first intermission trailing 2-1.

UMass Dartmouth found its offense in the second stanza, outshooting Saint Anselm 19-5.  The Corsairs' hard work paid off as Bolden broke in behind the defense and lifted his first goal of the season under the crossbar.  The Hawks nearly regained their advantage in the final minutes of the second, but Stangarone denied Ferraro on a penalty shot.

UMass Dartmouth was able to draw two penalities on Saint Anslem in the opening two minutes of the third period to create a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity for 89 seconds.  The Hawks successfully killed off both penalities without allowing a shot on net.  Less than 10 seconds later, the visitors took advantage of a defensive miscue near center ice that sent freshman Matt Hayes (Salem, N.H.) on a breakaway.  Hayes recorded his second marker of the season for the eventual game-winner.  Saint Anslem added an insurance goal on the power-play at the 11:52 mark to extend its lead to 4-2.  The Corsairs created another 5-on-3 power play opportunity 13 minutes into the period and called a timeout.  Out of the timeout break, UMass Dartmouth pulled its goalie for six skaters, but the Hawks buried an empty net, short-handed tally to close the scoring.

Saint Anselm held a slight edge in shots, 31-30.  The Hawks went 2-for-7 on the power play, while the Corsairs were unsuccessful on five attempts.

UMass Dartmouth returns to action at 4:50pm on Saturday, Nov. 30, when the Corsairs face Wentworth in the opening round of the PAL Stovepipe Tournament hosted by Southern New Hampshire University.