Cottle reaches 100 career points for Panthers
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – The Plymouth State University ice hockey team tallied a pair of second period goals Saturday afternoon to defeat the Framingham State University Rams, 4-2, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey contest at Loring Arena.
The Panthers are now 15-6 on the year and remain atop the MASCAC standings at 11-3, while the Rams fall to 2-17-1 overall and 0-13-1 in the conference.
The Panthers received two points from junior Dave Walters (Ottowa, Ont.) on a goal and a helper, while senior Alex Cottle (West Chester, Pa.), freshman Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) and junior Phil Arnone (Litchfield, N.H.) each tallied goals for the visitors.
Cottle scored what proved to be the game winner for the Panthers midway through the second period. The goal was the 100th point in Cottle's career with the Panthers. He became the ninth Panther to reach the 100 point milestone and now has 26 goals and 74 assists in 85 games for Plymouth State.
The Rams were led offensively by juniors Eric Ward (Haverhill, Mass.) and Daniel Roy (Billerica, Mass.) who each scored while senior Eric Walsh (Haverhill, Mass.), junior Corey Dinwiddie (Valencia, CA), sophomores Dean Cavicchi (Plymouth, Mass.) and Matt Schafer (Gales Ferry, Conn.) each picked up assists.
Plymouth State jumped out to a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the game as Woody tallied his fourth of the season and Arnone scored shorthanded. Ward cut the deficit in half for the Rams with a power play goal at 6:58 and Roy tied the game at 15:22 with his fourth of the season.
The Panthers would retake the lead for good in the second as Cottle scored at the 11:00 mark and Walters added a shorthanded tally at 19:02 to reach the final margin. Neither team was able to score in the third period as Framingham withstood two Panther power play attempts and PSU killed off four Ram man-advantage opportunities.
The Panthers outshot the Rams 43-36 in the game and were 0-of-4 on the power play, while the Rams went 1-of-8 with the man advantage. Junior Nick Cafrelli made 39 saves for the Rams, while senior Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweeden) made 34 stops to secure his 11th victory of the season between the pipes.
The Rams return to action Thursday evening when they travel to second-place Westfield State for a MASCAC matchup at 7:35 p.m., while the Panthers host Salem State on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m.
(Courtesy of Framingham State Sports Information)
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