Ceasar makes 24 saves for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior goalie Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) made 24 saves Saturday evening to lead the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team to a 4-1 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) contest at Hanaway Rink.
The Panthers scored once in the first period and added a pair in the middle frame to pull ahead 3-1 before tacking on an empty net goal late in the third. PSU improves to 2-2-1 overall and 2-0-1 in MASCAC play, while UMD drops to 0-2-2 overall and 0-1-2 in the conference.
Sophomore Ryan Callahan (Londonderry, N.H.) scored the only goal of the first period when he collected a loose puck in the slot, spun around and wristed a shot in the top right corner for his first of the season.
UMD got on the board with a power play goal in the first minute of the second period as freshman Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) pounded home a rebound past Ceasar.
The Panthers added a power play of their own at 8:24 of the second period when a shot by senior Zach Sarig (Reading, Pa.) deflected off junior Andrew Wigg (Lantz, N.S.) and into the net. Senior Mike Freitag (Westmont, Ill.) pushed the lead to 3-1 with a beautiful unassisted marker at 17:09, stealing a pass and weaving through the UMD defense before sliding a backhander through the goalie's pads.
Ceasar and UMD sophomore goalie JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) held the teams scoreless the rest of the way until sophomore Ty Griffith (Rocklin, Calif.) scored an empty netter for PSU with 1:10 to play. Sarig picked up his third assist on the night.
Solloway finished with34 saves as PSU out-shot the Corsairs 38-25.
UMD is back on the ice for conference play on Thursday as the Corsairs return home to host Salem State at 7:00 p.m. PSU plays again Saturday at home against Worcester State (6:00 p.m.)
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