Panthers come back to tie Ravens

WINCHENDON, Mass. - Plymouth State College rallied from a third-period two-goal deficit Wednesday evening, and pulled out a 4-4 overtime tie with Franklin Pierce College in a ECAC Northeast Conference ice hockey game at Robinson-Broadhurst Community Rink.

The Panthers dominated the first period and took a 2-0 lead, but saw the Ravens respond with four unanswered goals to assume a 4-2 advantage early in the third frame. PSC regained the momentum with a pair of third period goals, the tying marker by freshman Nick DeBaggis (Topsfield, Mass.) coming with 2:13 on the clock.

The teams, which were both looking for their first win of the season, fell short in the extra period. The Ravens had a golden opportunity after a PSC penalty in overtime, but failed to capitalize on the power play. PSC is now 0-3-2 overall, 0-2-2 in the Northeast, while FPC, a first-year varsity program, is 0-6-1 overall and 0-4-1 in the league.

PSC took a 2-0 lead as sophomores Mitchell LaFleur (Levittown, Pa.) and Kyle Poirier (Concord, N.H.) netted first-period goals. The visitors had a 20-3 advantage in shots, but had to settle for a two-goal lead.

Junior Tim Randall (Amesbury, Mass.) put Franklin Pierce on the board with a power play goal just 49 seconds into the second period. The Ravens evened the game at 8:52 on a goal by Matt Clemente (Middletown, N.J.), and took a 3-2 lead into the third when junior Ed Farinato (Medford, Mass.) potted a power play goal at 18:02.

After junior Mike Sabini (New Paltz, N.Y.) tallied a power play goal in the first minute of the third to put the Ravens up by two, PSC went to work. Freshman Dennis Kane (Westford, Mass.) notched a power play goal at 6:17, and DeBaggis knocked home the game-tying score at 17:47. Kane scored for the third straight game, giving him a team-leading five goals in five games, while junior defenseman Bryan Croft (Penacook, N.H.) added three assists, including one on the tying goal.

FPC goalie Dennis Millman (Billerica, Mass.) was superb in goal, making 52 saves, while PSC junior Mike Mansson (Wilson, Wyo.) finished with 32 saves. The Panthers finished with a 56-36 advantage in shots on goal.

PSC returns home to host Nichols College Saturday in the final game of the semester, a 6:00 p.m. contest at Waterville Valley Ice Arena. FPC is idle until a Jan. 4 clash at St. Michael's.