Defensemen score three of Panthers' four goals
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth scored three goals in the final five and a half minutes of the game Saturday evening and tied visiting Plymouth State University, 4-4, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey game at Hetland Arena
Senior Phil Bronner (Wilbraham, Mass.) scored the last two goals for the Corsairs, converting a pass from freshman Swann Boisvert (Blainville, Que.) at 18:57, then batting home a pass from senior Dan Dempsey (Norwell, Mass.) with just 13 seconds remaining.
PSU had taken a 4-1 lead at 14:06 of the third period on a goal by junior defenseman Dave Walters (Ottawa, Ont.). The Corsairs took a time out with a two-man advantage and pulled senior goaltender Ryan Williams (Milton, Ont.), but Walters picked up a loose puck and flipped it down the ice into the empty net. UMD came back on the same power play, cutting the lead to 4-2 on a goal by senior Dave McDonald (Wakefield, Mass.) 28 seconds later.
Plymouth State took a 2-0 lead after the first period. Senior defenseman Richie Zobak's (Evergreen Park, Ill.) shot from the point sailed past a screened Williams at 10:54 to open the scoring, and sophomore defenseman Zach Sarig (Wyomissing, Pa.) doubled the lead when he one-timed home a pass from Walters at the 16:01 mark.
Sarig's goal was assisted by senior Kyle Greco (Hillside, Ill.), which marked Greco's 100th career point. He now has 47 goals and 53 assists in his 96-game collegiate career. He scored five goals and six assists in 25 games as a freshman at Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2009-10, and the rest have come in a Panther uniform. He is the second Panther this season to reach 100 career points, joining teammate Alex Cottle (West Chester, Pa.)
Each team scored once in the second period. Sophomore Dmitry Antipin (Novosibirsk, Russia) put UMD on the board when he stole the puck, raced in alone and backhanded a shot past the PSU goaltender, but the Panthers countered on a wrist shot by freshman Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) at 7:51. The Corsairs had a five-on-three advantage later in the period, but the Panthers killed off the opportunity.
UMass Dartmouth outshot the Panthers, 49-45. \Williams made 41 saves for the Corsairs, while senior Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden) stopped 45 shots for Plymouth State.
Both teams wrap up the regular season with MASCAC games on Tuesday as Plymouth State (17-6-1, 13-3-1) hosts Fitchburg State University and UMass Dartmouth (9-7-7, 8-3-6) visits Framingham State University.
(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)
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