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PSU Men’s Hockey nips Worcester State in OT

Weiland's overtime goal lifts Panthers

            AUBURN, Mass. – Junior Kyle Weiland scored two goals, including the game-winner at 1:20 of overtime Thursday night to help Plymouth State University rally past Worcester State University, 5-4, in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey action at Horgan Rink.

            The win was Plymouth State's fifth in a row as PSU improves to 14-6-2 overall and holds on to first place in the MASCAC with an 11-3-2 mark.  PSU has a three-point lead on second-place Salem State University and a four-point margin on third-place UMass Dartmouth with two regular season games to play.  The Lancers slip to 8-12-3 and 5-10-2 in conference action.

            PSU trailed most of the night.  WSU grabbed an early lead in first period as sophomore Jordan Roberts scored off of a rebound with assists by classmates Derek Serbon and Ryan Quirk.  Plymouth State would even the score with just over three minutes left in the first when sophomore Andrew Douse tallied his first collegiate goal, but the Lancers responded just over a minute later when freshman Taylor Laneville scored from the right circle to put WSU ahead 2-1, which would stand into the first intermission.

            Freshman Stephen Rock (Tulsa, OK) helped Worcester State add to its lead midway through the second stanza, but the Panthers sliced into the deficit just over a minute later as junior Tim Visich scored his first goal of the year to cut the score to 3-2. PSU then took advantage one of its three power play opportunities when sophomore Phil Arnone cleaned up a rebound in front of the net at 13:54 of the second period to tie the score 3-3.

            The home team answered just 17 seconds later as Roberts tipped in a shot by junior John Conceison to put the Lancers ahead 4-3.  WSU staved off the Panthers for the remainder of the period to go into the second intermission holding one-goal edge. 

            Plymouth State tied the game with the extra man advantage at 9:15 of the third period, when Weiland scored his first goal of the night.  Both squads would battle back-and-forth for the remainder of the period, but to no avail as additional time was needed to settle the score.

            Weiland's second goal came just over a minute into the extra session as he fired a shot on goal that was initially stopped in the crease, but the loose puck trickled over the goal line for the game-clinching tally.

            PSU junior goaltender Jack Astedt stopped 25 shots while WSU senior netminder Bryan Kalczynski pushed aside 40 shots in the setback as Plymouth State held a commanding edge in shots (45-29) including an 18-9 clip in the second period.

            Both teams continue MASCAC play on Saturday as Worcester State travels to Salem State while the Panthers return home to host UMass Dartmouth on Senior Day at Hanaway Rink.  

(Courtesy Worcester State Sports Information) 

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