Greco's late goal lifts Panthers to MASCAC win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Kyle Greco (Hillside, Ill.) scored an unassisted goal with 3:13 remaining in the third period Thursday evening, breaking a 1-1 tie and lifting Plymouth State University to a 2-1 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey contest at Hanaway Rink.
Greco also assisted on PSU's first goal, a power player marker by junior Travis Stevens (Montclair, Calif.) in the first minute of the second period. Sophomore Shaun Walters (Plymouth, Mich.) scored the equalizer for UMD late in the middle frame, setting the stage for Greco's game-winner. The first-place Panthers improve to 9-2-0 in conference play, 13-5-0 overall, while UMD slips to 5-3-3 in the MASCAC, 6-6-4 overall.
Senior goaltender Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden) made 26 saves to post the victory in the Panther net, improving to 9-3 on the season. Senior Ryan Williams (Milton, Ont.) was a tough-luck loser at the other end despite making 31 saves.
Plymouth State had an 8-3 advantage in shots on goal in a scoreless first period. The Panthers got on the board 51 seconds into the middle frame when Stevens got a pass in the right circle from behind the net from senior Richie Zobak (Evergreen Park, Ill.) and snapped a shot on net; Williams made the first save but Stevens knocked in the rebound from near the right post for his eighth goal of the season.
After getting just three shots on goal in the first 20 minutes, the Corsairs rifled 16 shots on the PSU net in the second period. They finally tied the game at 15:33 on a power play; senior Zach Hepler (Sarver, Pa.) fired a slap shot on goal from the point, which was saved by Astedt, but Walters lifted a backhander over the fallen goalie to deadlock the score at 1-1.
With the third-period clock winding down, Greco picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated down the right side a snapped a shot on goal. Williams made the initial stop but the loose puck snuck over the goal line for what proved to be the game-winner.
Both teams play MASCAC games again on Saturday as PSU travels to Fitchburg State University and UMD hosts Framingham State University.
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