Panthers suffer first conference defeat in overtime
AUBURN, Mass. – Senior Tim D'Orazio snapped a 2-2 tie 2:50 into overtime Saturday evening to help Worcester State University defeat Plymouth State University, 3-2, in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference ( MASCAC) men's ice hockey action at Horgan Rink.
For D'Orazio it was his team-leading fifth goal of the year as the Lancers improve to 3-4-2 overall and 1-3-1 in conference play. The first-place Panthers fall to 6-2 overall and their league record stands at 3-1.
Worcester State opened the scoring at the 11:09 mark of the first period when sophomore Ryan Quirk netted a shot from the left side of the rink. Plymouth State answered in the second period when sophomore Dave Walters scored at the 6:25 mark, cleaning up a puck in front of the goal to tie the game.
Senior John Cahalane gave WSU one-goal edge 22 seconds into the third period with the extra man advantage getting assists from D'Orazio and classmate Nick Asterito. The Panthers responded at 9:23 of the third period as junior Richie Zobak scored on their only power play chance of the evening with assists coming from classmate Phil Moore and freshman Mike Freitag.
The contest was highlighted by a pair of outstanding defensive plays. WSU junior Tim Bowman preserved a scoreless tie midway though the opening frame as he used his stick to clear the puck from the crease. Zobak also blocked a one-timer opportunity diving in front of a pass on a two-on-one rush early in the extra session.
The clinching marker by D'Orazio came on a wrist-shot from the left side receiving assists by Cahalane and Asterito.
Worcester State senior Bryan Kalczynski was outstanding in net as he turned aside 40 of the 42 shots he saw. Junior Jack Astedt collected 30 saves in the defeat for the Panthers. The Panthers outshot WSU 42-33 for the game.
Both teams will take on MASCAC opponents in their next match-ups. Plymouth State will host UMass Dartmouth Thursday and the Lancers travel to Salem State next Saturday.
(Courtesy Worcester State Sports Information)
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