NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- Sophomore Kai Kapossy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) notched a goal and an assist to lead UMass Dartmouth to a 5-1 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference ice hockey victory over Westfield State Thursday evening at Hetland Arena.
After a scoreless opening period, junior Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) staked the host Corsairs (8-8-1, 5-4-1 MASCAC) to a 1-0 advantage on a power play goal with 3:45 remaining in the second stanza, and UMass Dartmouth extended that margin to 3-0 early in the final frame after senior Connor Court (Swansea, Ill.) and sophomore Patrick Wrenn (Charlestown, Mass.) each tallied in a 67 second span. Kapossy's marker at the 4:58 mark of the period capped the hosts' four goal run, and after the visiting Owls (8-6-2, 5-4 MASCAC) got on the board just 1:14 later on freshman Justin Alves's (Woburn, Mass.) goal, the Corsairs capped the scoring on freshman Jimmy Pelton's (Syracuse, N.Y.) unassisted tally with 5:17 remaining to account for the final margin.
Senior Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) collected a pair of assists in the triumph of UMass Dartmouth, which received single helpers off the sticks of junior Sean Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) and sophomore Eric Bolden (Oswego, Ill.). Sophomore Josh Boulos (Burlington, Mass.) and freshman Jake Ratcliffe (Canterbury, New Zealand) picked up assists on Alves' tally for Westfield State, as the hosts avenged a 2-1 setback to the visitors just two days ago on the Owls' home ice.
Sophomore Parker Butler (Summit, N.J.) picked up the win in goal for the Corsairs by stopping 24 of 25 shots faced on the evening, while junior Thierry Messervier (Montreal, Que.) made 33 stops in the setback for Westfield State. UMass Dartmouth outshot the Owls by a 38-25 margin and held a 39-27 edge in the face-off circle to move into third place in the league standings.
UMass Dartmouth travels to Framingham, Mass. on Saturday evening to take on Framingham State in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference outing that faces off at 8:00 pm, while Westfield State heads to Worcester, Mass. on Saturday evening for a MASCAC clash with Worcester State that faces off at 5:40 pm.