WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior goaltender Erik Shields (Lebanon, Maine) stopped 34 of the 35 shots he saw Tuesday evening to help Plymouth State University skate past Worcester State College, 4-1, in the MASCAC opener for both teams at Horgan Rink.
The Panthers overcame an early deficit with four unanswered goals over the final two periods as the team remained undefeated (3-0-0) on the season.
The Lancer s led 1-0 after the first period on a power play score from junior Billy O'Neil's (Strafford, PA) first goal of the young season. This proved to be the lone goal for Worcester as Shields, now 2-0, held the Lancers scoreless for the remainder of the game.
The Panthers answered with two goals in the second period. The first came from sophomore Chris Zaremba (Colorado Springs, Colo.) with the extra man advantage as he was helped out by freshman Chad Wilhelm (Plymouth, Mass.). The second, which proved to be the game winner, was registered from junior Jake Curtin (Concord, N.H.). Plymouth State put the Lancers away for good in the third period with goals from freshman Richie Zobak (Evergreen Park, Ill.) and senior Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.).
Plymouth State finished with a 41-34 advantage in shots on goal. Shields made 33 saves to earn the win while Worcester State senior Andrew Evans (Cromwell, Conn.) recorded 37 saves.
PSU looks to keep its unbeaten streak alive this Thursday at Salem State in MASCAC action at 7 p.m. The Lancers, 1-3, take on non-conference opponent Franklin Pierce Thursday at 7 p.m.
(Courtesy of Worcester State Sports Information)
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