Panthers' eight-game MASCAC win streak snapped
AUBURN, Mass. – Junior Taylor Fant (Denver, Colo.) made 34 saves and Worcester State University scored four unanswered goals Saturday afternoon before holding on to stun league-leading Plymouth State University, 4-3, in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey action at Horgan Rink.
Freshman Cody Brier (Marlboro, Mass.) scored two goals as the Lancers snapped PSU's eight-game MASCAC winning streak, dropping PSU to 12-5 overall and 8-2 in conference play. Worcester State, which is 2-0-1 in its last three games, is now 6-10-1 overall and 3-7-1 in the MASCAC.
Plymouth State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game. Freshman Andrew Wigg (Lantz, N.S.) opened the scoring with his fifth of the season at 4:33, and senior defenseman Richie Zobak (Evergreen Park, Ill.) added his third of the year a minute later.
The Lancers started their rally with a pair of goals in the final three minutes of the opening period. Freshmen Joe White (Wonder Lake, Ill.) and Brier each tallied their fifth of the season, White at 17:22 and Brier at 19:50, to close out the frame and deadlock the score.
Senior Tim Bowman (Moorpark, Calif.) scored the only goal of the second period for the Lancers, his second of the year at 15:02 which put the home team in front 3-2 heading into the third period. Brier's second of the game for Worcester State three minutes into the final stanza extended the lead to 4-2.
Plymouth State put pressure on the Lancer goal in the third period, out-shooting the home team 17-9 to finish with a 37-24 advantage. PSU finally pulled to within one after pulling its goalie and junior Phil Arnone (Litchfield, N.H.) scored with 52 seconds remaining, but Fant and the Lancers held on for the win.
Sophomore Zac Enstrom (South Windsor, Conn.) made 12 saves on 16 shots in the first 42 minutes in the Panther net, with senior Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden) coming off the bench and stopping all eight shots he faced.
Plymouth State looks to get back on track with a Thursday home game against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The Lancers are off until next Saturday when they visit Salem State University.
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