Fox leads Panthers to MASCAC win
AUBURN, Mass. – Plymouth State University sophomore Zach Fox (Sandown, N.H.) netted the eventual game-clinching marker and also added a pair of assists Saturday evening to help the Panthers past Worcester State, 5-3, in MASCAC men's ice hockey action at Horgan Rink.
Plymouth State (3-4, 2-2 MASCAC) jumped out to the early one-goal advantage when sophomore Andrew Wigg (Lantz, N.S.) found the back of the net from the left side of the crease at 5:32 of the opening frame.
The Panthers doubled their margin early in the second period as second-year Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) lit the lamp using the man advantage at the 2:29 mark for the 2-0 edge.
Worcester State (3-3-1, 0-3-1 MASCAC) responded quickly as senior Derek Serbon (Crown Point, Ind.) let loose from the right circle to beat the goalie glove side just 78 ticks later cutting the deficit in half.
The Lancers continued their momentum into the third stanza and potted the equalizer at the 4:58 mark when sophomore Cody Brier (Marlboro, Mass.) registered a power-play goal for the 2-2 score.
Plymouth State once again used the extra man to their advantage regaining the lead when junior Mike Freitag (Westmont, Ill.) collected his second goal of the campaign at the 9:54 mark for the 3-2 edge.
Fox then hit home the eventual game-winner just 32 seconds later as he corralled a loose puck that was mishandled in front of the net for the 4-2 score.
The Blue and Gold wasted little time taking advantage of the open ice with a four-on-four tally when junior Andrew Pierson (Clovis, Calif) snuck one past PSU's netminder at the 16:48 mark, making it a one-goal contest.
The Panthers answered the call again, just 20 ticks off the clock when senior Phil Arnone (Litchfield, N.H.) added an insurance goal for the final score.
PSU senior Tyler Ingerson (Concord, N.H.) stopped 23 shots to improve his record to 3-4 while WSU sophomore Salvatore Tecci (Franklin, Mass.) registered 43 saves in the setback.
The Panthers doubled up the hosts in shots on goal (48-24), but only converted two of their 10 attempts with the extra attacker. WSU was 1-for-3 on the power play in the contest.
The Lancers return to action on Saturday when they host Nichols to kick-off the Worcester City Shootout at 4:45 PM. Plymouth State returns home to face-off with Framingham State Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m.
(Courtesy of Worcester State Information)
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