Third-period Panther rally falls short
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's hockey team defeated visiting Plymouth State University Thursday night, 3-2, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) game at Hetland Arena.
The Panthers trailed 3-0 after two periods, but scored twice in a span of 1:12 early in the third to pull to within a goal. The Corsairs held off the PSU challenge to win the game and improve to 11-5-1 overall and 7-3-1 in the MASCAC, while the visitors slipped to 9-6-2 overall and 6-3-2 in the MASCAC, falling out of first place.
PSU out-shot the Corsairs 16-5 in the opening period but UMD made two of them count, staking the home team to a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. Junior Dave McDonald scored the first goal at 5:49 assisted by sophomore Ryan Ruddock, and the Corsairs' power play provided the second goal, with junior Nick Marquis scoring to make it 2-0 at 13:36.
UND pushed the lead to 3-0, scoring what proved to be the game-winner at 13:36 of the middle frame. After senior Andrew Pontes won a face-off to the right of the PSU goalie, sophomore Greg Girtatos fed freshman Steve Ginand, who ripped one top shelf.
The Panthers made things interesting in the third period with the two-goal spurt. The first came on the power play when freshman Zach Sarig took a pass from sophomore Travis Stevens and put a one-timer past the goalie from the top of the left circle at 5:56. Sophomore Phil Arnone scored from an almost impossible angle at the 7:04 mark as his shot went off the backside of Williams and into the net.
Each team had a minute-long power play in the final five minutes, but UMD held on for the victory. The Corsairs were outshot by the Panthers, 31-27. Junior goalie Ryan Williams made 29 saves for UMD, while junior Jack Astedt stopped 24 shots for PSU.
Both teams will play MASCAC road games on Saturday evening, UMD visiting Framingham State and Plymouth State traveling to Fitchburg State.
(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)
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