Panthers move back into tie for first in MASCAC
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Kyle Weiland and sophomore Dave Walters each recorded a goal and an assist Thursday night as Plymouth State University skated past Westfield State University, 4-2, in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey action at Hanaway Rink.
Walters and junior Matt Aponte scored goals for the Panthers 55 seconds apart midway through the second period to turn a one-goal lead into a 3-0 advantage. PSU maintained the lead the rest of the way, out-shooting the Owls 39-19 for the game. Sophomore Tyler Ingerson made 17 saves to earn the win in the Panther goal.
Plymouth State, which swept the three-game season series vs. the Owls, improves to 11-6-2 overall and 8-3-2 in the MASCAC and into a tie for first place with Salem State.
Senior Pat Nelson scored both goals for Westfield State, but the Owls drop to 4-12-3 overall and 2-9-2 in the MASCAC.
PSU had a 15-4 shot advantage in the opening period, but only one power play goal to show for it. Weiland collected the puck between the circles in the offensive zone and fired a hit shot that went off the shoulder of the goaltender and into the goal for his seventh of the season at 7:34.
Walters extended the margin to 2-0 at 7:33 of the middle frame, sliding his own rebound under the goalie from the right goal post, and Aponte followed at 8:28 with a shot from the right circle that snuck inside the left post.
Westfield got on the board with a power play goal a minute later as Nelson took a pass from the right corner from senior A.J. Shiverdecker and snapped a shot past Ingerson. PSU senior Chris Zaremba, who was in the penalty box for the Owls' goal, got it back for the Panthers with less than four minutes left in the second period, skating right to left across the slot and lifting a shot just under the cross bar.
Nelson scored the only goal of the third period for the visitors, intercepting a PSU clearing attempt just inside the blue line and firing a slapshot past Ingerson with 4:39 to play.
Sophomore Eddie Davey was solid in the Westfield State goal and finished with 35 saves.
Both teams play MASCAC home games on Saturday, PSU hosting Framingham State and Westfield State entertaining Worcester State.
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