WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Freshman goalie Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden) stopped 34 shots Saturday evening to lead the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team to a 4-2 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey game at Waterville Valley Arena.
Astedt made 13 saves in the third period, including several while PSU was killing off a major penalty. He improved his record to 7-3-0 on the season while lowering his goals against average to 2.94 and upping his saves percentage to .912.
Junior Andrew Stewart (O'Leary, PEI) and freshman defenseman JC Richardson (Fort Collins, Colo.) led the Panthers with a goal and an assist each, while combining on a third-period short-handed goal that ended up as the game-winner. Junior Sean Buckley (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) also collected two assists for the winners. PSU is 8-1-1 in its last 10 games to improve to 14-7-1 overall and 10-4-1 in league play
Freshman Dave McDonald (Wakefield, Mass.) and sophomore Paul Graham (Quincy, Mass.) each scored once for the Corsairs, which held a 2-1 lead early in the second period but didn't score the rest of the way. UMD drops to 7-14-1 overall and 2-12-1 in the MASCAC.
Stewart opened the scoring for the home team with a first-period goal at the 13:55 mark, but UMD countered with a McDonald power play goal at 18:16 to deadlock the score at 1-1 after one. Graham potted his second goal of the season 2:34 into the second period, and the upset-minded Corsairs maintained a one-goal advantage for the next 12-plus minutes. Freshman defenseman Kyle Ross (Fall River, N.S.) evened the score at 2-2 with his first career goal for PSU at 15:09 of the middle frame.
UMD had a golden opportunity to regain the lead when PSU was called for a major penalty seven minutes into the third period, but the Panthers got the only goal during the penalty as Stewart set up Richardson for a shorthanded goal at 8:28. Sophomore Bryan Kriner (Newport, R.I.) added an insurance goal for the Panthers at 15:26 of the third, and Astedt did the rest.
Junior Collin Tracy (Medford, Mass.) finished with 27 saves in the UMD goal. The visitors finished with a 36-31 advantage in shots on goal in the loss.
UMD is back on the ice Thursday with a conference game at Worcester State (5:30 p.m.) while PSU is idle until visiting Framingham State next Saturday at 7:20 p.m.
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