Four-Goal Third Period Sends Western New England Past UMass Dartmouth, 6-4

Senior Matt O'Dea scored his second goal of the season in Western New England's loss to Endicott on Saturday (photo by Chris Marion).
Senior Matt O'Dea scored his second goal of the season in Western New England's loss to Endicott on Saturday (photo by Chris Marion).

O'Dea leads Golden Bears with three goals and one assist

HOOKSETT, N.H. (November 26, 2017) –
The Western New England University ice hockey team overcame a late deficit with four third period goals to earn a 6-4 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Sunday afternoon in the consolation contest of the Manchester PAL/Stovepipe tournament at the Ice Den. 

Top Performers
• Junior forward Matt O'Dea (Orland Park, Ill.) led the way for the Golden Bears with a four-point effort, as he registered his first career hat trick and added an assist.
• Juniors Steve Beck (Milton, N.Y.) and CJ Totillo (Brooklyn, N.Y.) both posted three-point performances with one goal and two assists each.

• UMass Dartmouth junior Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) was among four different goal scorers for the Corsairs, as he found the back of the net and tallied an assist.
• Junior Kenny Tencza (Naples, Fla.), sophomore Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) and freshman Kai Kapossy (For Lauderdale, Fla.) also recorded goals for UMass Dartmouth.

Game Review
• O'Dea staked the Golden Bears to a 1-0 lead with a power play tally just under two minutes into the contest, but UMass Dartmouth answered with goals from Leonard (6:36), Kapossy (19:05) and Tencza (19:30) to open up a 3-1 advantage at the first intermission.
• Western New England capitalized on another power play chance to cut its lead in half at the 13:22 mark of the second period, as Beck found the back of the net to make it 3-2.
• Ruiz restored UMass Dartmouth's two-goal lead late in the second period as the Corsairs led 4-2 heading into the third.
• Trailing by the same margin midway through the final period, Western New England pulled back to within a goal when O'Dea set up Totillo at the 10:11 mark.
• Sophomore Andrew Green (Plainview, N.Y.) scored the game-tying goal just 1:06 later, before O'Dea notched the go-ahead score on a feed from Totillo with 6:19 remaining in the contest.
• O'Dea then buried an empty-net goal in the final seconds to seal the win for the Golden Bears.

Notes
• UMass Dartmouth outshot Western New England 53-31 and held a 48-43 advantage in the faceoff circle.
• The Golden Bears went 2-for-4 with a man advantage.
• Western New England junior goaltender Kevin Gollmer (Flourtown, Pa.) finished with a season-high 49 saves.
• Through ten games this season, Beck and O'Dea are tied for the team lead with 14 points each. 

Up Next
Western New England (4-5-1) returns to action on Friday night, when the Golden Bears host Endicott at 7 p.m. UMass Dartmouth (3-5-1) travels to Worcester State on Thursday night.