November 2, 2013

No. 9/12 Men’s Ice Hockey Sinks Corsairs in Season Opener

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – After a less than stellar performance in the first period, No. 9/12 men's ice hockey picked-up right where they left off a season as they erupted for eight unanswered goals to cruise to a 8-2 non-conference victory over UMass Dartmouth Saturday afternoon at Hetland Arena.

With the win the Beacons, who were picked to finish second in the ECAC East conference this season improve to 1-0-0.  The Corsairs, winners of the MASCAC last winter dropped to 0-1-0. 

In total seven different Beacons found the back of the net in Saturday's win, with sophomore All-American Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) leading the way with a four point showing as the sophomore scored one goal while handing three assists.

Division I transfer Nathan Milam (Westland, Mich.) also had a strong 2013 debut with his new team as he recorded a power-play and shorthanded goal, while also tallying an assist on the final two goals.  Netminder Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) registered 20 stops in his first win of the year.

On the day the Beacons offense was 4-for-6 on the power-play, while the penalty kill was just as effective as they held the Corsairs to just one power-play tally on eight attempts.

UMass Dartmouth took advantage of a rusty Beacons squad in the first 20 minutes of play as they tacked on a power-play goal in the first 5:32 of the opening period.  They then notched their second goal less than three minutes later to take at the time a solid lead over the Beacons.  Despite the two goals, the Beacons led the period in shots with 11-8 advantage.

After the first intermission, everything changed as the Beacons exploded offensive, while limiting the Corsairs offense to just a mere four chances on goal.  In the second five different Beacons found the back of the cage and outshot UMass Dartmouth 30-4.  Scoring UMB's first goal of the new season was senior captain Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) just 54 seconds into the second period.  The goal was a power-play tally with MacIntyre and Derek Colucci (North Scituate, R.I.) each recording an assist.

From there UMB fired off four goals in a five minute window to take a commanding 5-2 lead.  After the second break, the Beacons put the final nail in the coffin with three more goals to secure the victory.  The third period saw UMB once again outshoot the Corsairs 17-10.  On the day UMB recorded a total of 52 shots, while UMass Dartmouth finished with 22. 

Ben Vandervies tallied 41 stops through the first two and half periods.  JJ Solloway closed out the third period with his nine saves. 

Men's Hockey will make their home debut on Friday when they take on New England College at 7 p.m. in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.