SPRINGFIELD – Junior forward Matt Dore (Shelburne, Mass.) scored two goals to pace the Western New England University ice hockey team to a 4-2 victory over Westfield State University in the Sixth Annual Falcon Cup Friday at the MassMutual Center.
It was the season opener for the Western Mass. rivals and Western New England’s first Falcon Cup victory in six tries.
Leading 2-1 after two periods, Dore clinched the coveted Falcon Cup with late third-period goals. He gave the Golden Bears a 3-1 lead with 3:32 remaining when he gathered in a rebound of a missed shot by Brian Post and calmly deposited the puck in the back of the net from the point.
Dore then scored an empty net power play goal with 1:13 remaining.
Westfield led 1-0 after the first period on a goal 4:25 into the game by P.J. McCadden. But the Golden Bears dominated the second period, outshooting Westfield, 17-6, and scoring two goals to take a 2-1 lead.
Senior defender Cam Napolitan of nearby East Longmeadow, Mass., scored the game-tying goal with 6:35 remaining in the second stanza. Chris Lembo (Southington, Conn.) gave WNE a 2-1 advantage with a power play goal with 3:54 left in the period.
Freshman Justin DeVincentis scored Westfield’s second goal with two seconds remaining in the game.
Western New England outshot Westfield, 47-38. Owl goalie Ian Perrier stopped 43 shots and Golden Bear goalie Eric Sorenson had 36 saves.