Panthers are 3-0-2 in last five to remain in MASCAC title chase
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Sophomore Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) recorded a hat trick Tuesday night to lift Plymouth State University to a 5-2 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey action at the Hetland Arena.
The Panthers (10-10-2 overall) hold sole possession of third place in the conference with an 8-5-2 record, while the Corsairs (5-16-2) drop to 5-11-0 against MASCAC opponents. PSU trails Salem State University by two points and Framingham State University by one point in the standings and has a game-in-hand over both foes.
Woody logged two scores in the middle period and took advantage of an empty net in the third to cap his hat trick. Panther freshman Ian McGilvrey (Omaha, Neb.) found Woody on the right wing to tie the game at one goal apiece during a power play opportunity at 7:19 of the second. Woody managed to beat the Corsair goaltender in four-on-four action in the final minute of the second period when he received a feed from teammate Zach Sarig (Reading, Pa.) for his second mark of the contest. Woody rounded out the scoring as he found the back of an empty net for his third score of the game in the final minute.
After a scoreless opening period, UMass Dartmouth put the first goal on the board when John Sartell (Wakefield, Mass.) fired a one-timer from the left wing off a pass from Shaun Walters (Plymouth, Mich.). After Woody dead locked the game (1-1), McGilvery connected with junior Chad Barthlelmess (Norrristown, Pa.) to give Plymouth the 2-1 advantage. The Corsairs answered back at the 10:49 mark when Mike Restuccia (Malden, Mass.) put home a loose rebound for his 10th goal of the season.
Woody's late second-period goal gave PSU a 3-2 advantage, and McGilvrey followed up a shot by teammate Tord Thoresen (Oppegard, Norway) with 10:15 left in the third to push the Panther lead to two scores.
Sophomore Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) turned away 25 shots to earn his sixth victory for the Panthers, while JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) stopped 28 attempts in the UMD goal.
Both teams play MASCAC games again on Thursday as the Panthers visit Worcester State for a 5:45 p.m. game and the Corsairs travel to Westfield State for a 7:35 p.m. contest.
(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Information)
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