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January 26, 2013

PSU Men’s Ice Hockey rallies past Fitchburg in OT

Wigg leads Panthers with three points, including game-winner

            FITCHBURG, Mass. – Freshman Andrew Wigg (Lantz, NS.) registered goal and two assists, including scoring the game-winning goal at the 2:59 mark of overtime Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated Fitchburg State University, 3-2, in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey action at the Wallace Civic Center.

            The Panthers had to rally from a two-goal deficit in the first four minutes of the game.  PSU evened the score at 2-2 by the midway point of the opening period, and then neither team scored until Wigg's overtime game-winner.  Plymouth State remains atop the MASCAC standings with a 10-2-0 league mark (14-5-0 overall), while Fitchburg State drops to 5-6-1 in the MASCAC, 6-10-2 overall.

            Fitchburg State took a early lead just 3:11 into the game as senior Trevor Lawler (Fitchburg, Mass) struck for his fifth marker for the season, using feeds from classmates Joseph Caveney (Fitchburg, Mass.) and Justin Quinn (Braintree, Mass.). The Falcons doubled their lead 1:10 later when freshman Max Lorenzen (Leesburg, Va.) found the back of the net for his 10th of year.

            Plymouth State cut into the lead at the 7:39 mark as senior Alex Cottle (West Chester, Pa.) blasted a slap shot to the far side for his sixth tally of season on assists from Wigg and senior Kyle Greco (Hillside, Ill.).  The Panther knotted the score midway through the stanza when junior Phil Arnone (Litchfield, N.H.) slipped the puck inside the right post as Wigg and senior JC Richardson picked up assists.

            After a scoreless second period, The Green and Gold nearly took the lead with 8:50 remaining in regulation but freshman Kevin Holmes' (Newburyport, Mass.) breakaway attempted was turned aside by Panther goaltender Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden). Plymouth State's best scoring chance occurred with about five minutes left but Falcon netminder Randy Wolcott (East Haven, Conn.) made a diving save on Cottle's wrist shot to send the game into overtime.

            Following a pair of Falcon scoring chances by Lawler and Lorenzen, Wigg collected his own rebound and tucked the puck inside the left post to secure Plymouth State's 14th victory of the season.

            Wolcott stopped 36 shots for Fitchburg State, while Astedt posted 31 saves for the Panthers.

            The MASCAC circuit continues this Thursday when Fitchburg State hosts the Rams of Framingham State University and Plymouth State visits Westfield State University. 

(Courtesy of Fitchburg State Sports Information) 

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