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Worcester State rallies to tie PSU Men’s Ice Hockey

Greco scores twice for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Worcester State University came from behind three times, the last one coming with 38.5 seconds remaining in regulation, and the Lancers pulled out a 3-3 tie with Plymouth State University Saturday night in a Massachusetts Collegiate State Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink.

            Junior Kyle Greco scored two goals to lead the Panthers, and senior Chris Zaremba gave PSU a 3-2 lead six minutes into the third period, but freshman Luc Neitenbach scored the tying goal for the Lancers in the final minute of regulation.  PSU completes the weekend at 9-5-2 overall and tied for first place in the MASCAC at 6-2-2 while Worcester State is now 6-8-3 and 3-6-2.

            Greco scored the only goal of the first period at the eight-minute mark for his ninth of the season.  Senior Chris Mohar fired a slap shot from the left circle, which was kicked out by WSU senior goalie Bryan Kalczynski, but the rebound ricocheted to the right side, where Greco was waiting and he knocked it into the open net.

            Worcester State got on the scoreboard six minutes into the second period.  Freshman Nathan Stanley lifted a crossing pass from the left corner into the crease, where classmate Stephen Rock batted the puck out of mid-air and into the net for a power play goal to even the score at 1-1.

            PSU regained the lead on Greco's second goal with four minutes left in the second period at the very end of a five-minute power play, as the Panthers' leading scorer tipped a shot from the point by junior Richie Zobak past Kalczynski. The Lancers answered again just 49 seconds late when freshman Brenton Dyok got one over PSU goalie Jack Astedt, sending the game into the third period tied 2-2.

            After Zaremba scored the go-ahead goal at 5:53 of the third, he was whistled for a tripping penalty with 1:04 to play, and the Lancers capitalized with the power play goal.  Astedt got a piece of the shot by Neitenbach from the right face-off circle but the puck trickled in off his shoulder.

            PSU finished with a 33-19 advantage in shots.  Kalczynski made 30 saves for the Lancers and Astedt finished with 16 stops.

            Plymouth State plays a pair of MASCAC road games next week, traveling to UMass Dartmouth on Thursday and Fitchburg State on Saturday.  Worcester State returns home to host Salem State next Saturday. 

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