Ceasar posts shutout for Panthers; Woody continues hot hand
AUBURN, Mass. – Sophomore Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) netted a pair of goals and added an assist and sophomore goaltender Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) recorded 34 saves Thursday evening to help Plymouth State University past Worcester State University, 6-0, in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey action at Horgan Rink.
With the win Plymouth State (11-10-2 overall) moves into a tie for first place in the MASCAC with Salem State University with 9-5-2 league records, while the Lancers fall to 9-12-1 on the year and 5-10-1 in the conference.
The Panthers wasted little time getting on the board as they grabbed four first period markers, including two by Woody, and enjoyed a 4-0 lead after the opening frame. Woody now has five goals and one assist in two games this week.
Freshman Erik Strom (Gothenburg, Sweden) potted his first collegiate goal just 2:42 into the game when he corralled a rebounded shot in front of the net for the 1-0 edge. Junior Chad Barthelmess (Norristown, Pa.) then lit the lamp midway through the first stanza (10:24) before Woody collected a pair of scores just 13 seconds apart at 15:23 and 15:36, respectively, for the 4-0 margin.
Sophomore Zach Fox (Sandown, N.H.) made the score 5-0 just 75 ticks into the middle frame when his slap shot from the left dot found the back of the net. Freshman Ian McGilvrey (Omaha, Neb.) rounded out the scoring with a minute to play in the game.
WSU had its chances to get back into the contest with three consecutive power plays from the 4:09 mark to the 11:22 mark but were unable to cash in. During that span the Lancers rattled off 15 shots including five from freshman Alex DeWitz (Oronco, Minn.)
After being outshot 18-4 in the first period Worcester State seemed to seize control over the final two periods outshooting their opponents by a 30-19 clip including doubling up Plymouth State in the second (22-11). However, Ceasar would not give an inch as he improved his record to 7-3-2 with his third shutout of the season.
Lancer second-year goalie Salvatore Tecci (Franklin, Mass.) stopped 31 pucks in the defeat.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as WSU remains home to take on Westfield State at 4:45 p.m. and Plymouth State returns home to face-off with Framingham State won Senior Night when the puck drops at 6 p.m.
(Courtesy of Worcester State Information)
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