Panthers head into playoffs unbeaten in last seven games
FITCHBURG, Mass. – The Plymouth State University and Fitchburg State University men's ice hockey teams battled to a 4-4 overtime tie Tuesday evening in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) regular season finale for both teams at the Wallace Civic Center.
The Panthers, who clinched the MASCAC regular season title last Saturday, finish the regular campaign with a 15-6-3 overall record and a 12-3-3 mark in the MASCAC. PSU takes a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) into the post-season. Fitchburg State is now 9-12-4 overall and finished in fourth place in the MASCAC with an 8-7-3 mark.
The Panthers found the back of the net early into the first period when freshman Mike Freitag converted on a pass from JC Richardson and junior Kyle Greco just 3:41 into the frame. PSU increased its lead to 2-0 on a Chris Mohar tally with just two minutes remaining in the period, with Greco adding his second helper of the game.
Plymouth State extended its margin to 3-0 two minutes into the second period when Freitag added his second of the game off the stick of Seth Phelan. The Falcons finally got on the board as junior Joseph Caveney and senior Kris Threlkeld scored consecutive markers to cut the score to 3-2.
The scoring battle continued into the third with Tim Visich putting the Panthers back up by two when he scored off a pass from Phelan, for his second assist of the game. The Falcons would use back to back goals just 43 seconds apart to knot the score as Cory Callen and Derek Giansanti found the back of the net.
Though the scoring remained silent in the five minute overtime period, the Panthers held a 33-25 advantage in shots. Fitchburg's senior goaltender Bobby Leiser stopped 29 of 33 shots, while Plymouth State sophomore Tyler Ingerson posted 21 saves.
Fourth-seeded Fitcburg State will host fifth-seeded Worcester State University this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at the Wallace Civic Center in the first round of the MASCAC tournament. PSU will enjoy a first-round bye this Saturday and will host a MASCAC semifinal game at Hanaway Rink next Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6:00 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.
(Courtesy of Fitchburg State Sports Information)
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