Late rally lifts Lancers over Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Richard Bohan (Phoenix, Ariz.) pounded home a loose puck in the slot a minute and 52 seconds into overtime Saturday evening to lift Worcester State University to a 4-3 victory over Plymouth State University in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey contest at Hanaway Rink.
The Lancers forced the overtime with just 1:53 remaining in regulation play when senior Curtis Martin (Okotoks, Alaska) fired a slapshot from the blue line that found the back of the net during a Worcester State power play, tying the game at 3-3 with Martin's second goal of the game. The visitors have won three of their last four games to improve to 7-7-1 overall and 3-6-1 in the MASCAC.
The Panthers got second-period goals from freshmen Tommy Dowell (Olathe, Kansas) and Mike Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill.) and sophomore Colt Smelstor (Fairfax, Vt.), but PSU fell to 7-10-0 overall and 5-5-0 in conference play.
After a scoreless first period, PSU got on the board first when Dowell's shot from the point went through traffic and into the goal for his first career marker. The visitors came back a little more than a minute later when Martin fired a slap shot from the point that went into the top left corner of the goal.
The Panthers pulled ahead 2-1 at the 10:49 mark of the middle frame when Smelstor's slapper from the blue line beat the Worcester State goalie in the top right corner. The Lancers tied the score again four minutes later when junior Andrew Bates (Marblehead, Mass.) snapped a shot from the right circle that snuck inside the left post for his seventh of the season.
PSU got a boost when Economos scored a short-handed go-ahead goal with one-half second on the second-period clock. Economos got a pass in tight from junior Mike Freitag (Westmont, Ill.) and his shot went off the goalie's shoulder and trickled over the line before the horn sounded.
With time winding down in the third period, Martin scored the equalizer for the Lancers on another shot from the point that made it through traffic. Worcester State netted the game-winner in overtime after some confusion in front of the goal left a loose puck and Bohan made the Panthers pay.
Worcester State finished with a 32-31 advantage in shots on goal. Sophomore Drew Case (Plano, Texas) posted the win in the Lancer goal, making 28 saves, while PSU freshman Max Motew (Highland Park, Ill.) also made 28 saves in his collegiate debut but suffered the tough-luck loss.
Both teams play MASCAC road games on Thursday as Worcester State visits Westfield State and Plymouth State travels to Framingham State.
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