PSU Men’s Hockey skates to draw with Fitchburg State

Freitag, Dowell score goals for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Nat Rojas (Elkridge, Md.) scored a pair of special teams' goals Saturday evening as Fitchburg State University pulled out a 2-2 tie with Plymouth State University in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey action at Hanaway Rink.

            Rojas scored an unassisted shorthanded goal early in the second period to break a scoreless draw, and he tallied a power play goal midway through the third period to even the score at 2-2. His second goal, his fifth of the season, came just 44 seconds after PSU had pulled ahead on a goal by freshman Tommy Dowell (Olathe, Kansas).

            PSU posted its second tie in three nights and now owns a 9-10-2 overall record, 7-5-2 in MASCAC play, while FSU is now 9-10-1 overall and 6-6-1 in the MASCAC. Plymouth State is in second place and Fitchburg State fifth.

            The goaltenders both turned in solid performances as junior Ryan Wysocki (Grand Rapids, Mich.) made 40 saves in the Fitchburg State goal and sophomore Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) made 23 stops in the Panther goal.

            The Panthers had a 15-8 advantage in shots on goal in the first period but both goalies kept zeroes on the board. Rojas stole the puck along the left boards four minutes into the second period and snuck in on a breakaway for his short-handed goal.  Junior Mike Freitag (Westmont, Ill.) evened the score for PSU six minutes later, taking a pass from sophomore Zach Fox (Sandown, N.H.) from behind the net and beating Wysocki on his second attempt to make it 2-2 through two periods.

            Dowell fired a blast from the left circle at 9:23 of the third period that put the Panthers ahead, but Rojas deflected home a shot from the point at 10:07 on a Falcon power play to deadlock the score again. The goalies had all answers the rest of the way.

            PSU came up empty on all six power play opportunities, while Fitchburg was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.

            Both teams play MASCAC games again on Thursday as PSU visits the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Fitchburg State hosts Worcester State University.           

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