PSU Men’s Hockey downs Stonehill in season debut

Stevens tops Panthers with a goal and two assists

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Travis Stevens (Montclair, Calif.) recorded a goal and two assists Thursday evening as the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team opened the 2012-13 season with a 5-1 non-conference victory over Stonehill College before a capacity crowd at Hanaway Rink.

            Freshman Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) and senior Alex Cottle (West Chester, Pa.) scored goals in the first two periods for PSU to give the Panthers the lead, and junior goalie Tyler Ingerson (Concord, N.H.) made 15 saves to preserve the victory. Stevens tallied all three of his points in the third period as PSU pulled away from the 2-0 lead in the final frame. 

            Senior Dana Borges (Taunton, Mass.) scored the only goal for Stonehill early in the third period, but freshman Andrew Wigg (Lantz, Nova Scotia) answered with a shorthanded goal for the home team less than a minute later and PSU never looked back.  Stevens scored an empty-net goal with a minute to play, and sophomore Mike Freitag (Westmont, Ill.) rounded out the scoring on a rebound with 12 seconds remaining.

            PSU doubled up Stonehill in shots in the opening frame, 8-4, with Woody scoring the only goal by tipping home a shot by Cottle at the 10:40 mark for his first career score.  Cottle made it 2-0 with five minutes to go in the second period, dangling the puck away from a defenseman and snapping a shot into the net.

            Stonehill got on the board two minutes into the third period as Borges received a pass on the right wing and snapped it into an open net.  Wigg answered 51 seconds later when Stevens found him in the slot and Wigg finished off his first career goal.

            PSU finished with a 27-16 advantage in shots on goal.  Sophomore Chris Tasiopoulos (Norwell, Mass.) made 22 saves in the Stonehill goal.

            Both teams play Westfield State University in their next game, as the Panthers open Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play next Tuesday, Nov. 13, with a visit to Westfield, while Stonehill travels to Westfield this Saturday for a non-conference affair. 

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