Hockey Rallies to Defeat Southern New Hampshire, 6-3

Hockey Rallies to Defeat Southern New Hampshire, 6-3

Jan. 28, 2010

by Joel Baptista

NEW BEDFORD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team defeated visiting Southern New Hampshire, 6-3, in a non-conference game at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Thursday evening.

The Corsairs scored five times in the third period to rally from a 2-1 deficit and take the victory.

UMD tied the game 2-2 at 1:56 of the third on the power play. The Corsairs had a man advantage when junior defenseman Adam Horgan (Clayton, NC/Jersey Hitmen) blasted the puck past the glove of Penmen freshman goalie Mike Mastracci (Pittsburgh, PA/Pittsburgh Cougars) off a pass from senior defenseman Paul Moran (Rockville Ctr, NY/Boston Jr Bulldogs). The Corsairs took the lead less than a minute later as junior forward Todd Bartelson (Pepperell, MA/Valley Jr Warriors) scored on a nifty move with an assist from junior forward Joe Hill (Newburyport, MA/Valley Jr Warriors) at 2:40. UMD took a two goal advantage at 9:36 of the final frame, on what proved to be the game-winner as freshman forward Phil Bronner (Wilbraham, MA/Springfield Jr Falcons) stuffed the puck past Mastracci making the score 4-2 as he was assisted by sophomore forward Rob Dudley (Douglas, MA/Middlesex School) and senior forward Aaron Blades (Chino, CA/Cushing Academy).

The Penmen scored at 14:00, cutting the deficit to one goal when senior defenseman Kent Honeyman (Marietta, GA/Cushing Academy) put back his own rebound past UMD goalie Jon Dryjowicz-Burek making it 4-3. Penmen junior forward Troy Maybury (South Portland, ME/Bridgton Academy) assisted on the play. Sophomore forward Giancarlo Capodanno (Mountainside, NJ/NJ Rockets) would score the Corsairs final two goals. The first coming at 17:43 as he took a pass from Moran, skated in front of the goa,l and slid one by the stick side of Mastracci, making it 5-3. He capped the scoring for the night on an empty-netter at 19:08 assisted by Blades.

"This game for a long time was typical of the last three weeks, where we needed to get over the hump", said UMass Dartmouth head coach John Rolli. "To the team's credit, they stayed after it, and scoring five goals in the third is a testament to their resiliency. The forwards were going all night, we had solid defense and Burek was solid, looking like the Burek of old."

The Corsairs were one for five on the power play while the Penmen converted one out of four chances.

UMass Dartmouth out shot Southern New Hampshire, 45-24. Dryjowicz-Burek made 21 saves for the Corsairs, while Mastracci made 39 for the Penmen.

UMD improved to 6-10-1 with the victory, while Southern New Hampshire dropped to 3-10-2 with the loss. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Framingham State Saturday. The Penmen will visit Assumption Saturday.