Panthers extend unbeaten streak to seven games
HENNIKER, N.H. – The New England College men's ice hockey team battled the visiting Plymouth State University Panthers to a 4-4 tie Friday evening in non-conference action at Lee Clement Arena.
With the tie, the Panthers extend their unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2) and move to 5-2-2 overall, while the Pilgrims are now 3-5-2 on the season.
Plymouth State opened the scoring just 4:26 into the game as Tord Thoresen (Oppegard, Norway) one-timed in a cross from the wing by Chris Zuccaro (Hudson, N.H.). NEC responded just under two minutes later, knotting the game as Cheyne Matheson (Wheatley, Ontario) put in his team-high eighth goal of the season, converting a pass from behind the net by Kyle Manlow (Murretta, Calif.).
The Panthers extended their lead to 3-1 in the second period with a goal off the stick of Andrew Wigg (Lantz, Nova Scotia) assisted by Mike Freitag (Westmont, Ill.) and Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) just 3:12 into the period. The second Panther goal of the stanza was scored by Erik Strom (Goteborg, Sweden) who tallied his first goal of the season firing in a shot just over the blue line at the 11:13 mark.
The Pilgrims would answer closing out the period with three unanswered goals to grab their first lead of the game right before the second intermission. NEC's first goal of the second period was an unassisted goal by James O'Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) who intercepted a puck in the Pilgrim zone and snuck a shot over the goalie.
NEC's Kyle came up with the Pilgrims' second goal of the period as he would score his third of the season assisted by Scott Cornfield (Brea, Claif.) and John Quinlan (Marlton, N.J.) with just 3:00 minutes left on the clock. NEC then took its first lead of the night with just one second on the clock as Kevin Marceau (Concord, N.H.) put in a rebound of an initial shot by James O'Reilly.
Plymouth State got the game-tying goal at the 14:55 mark in the third period as Woody knocked in a loose puck right in front of the net assisted by Freitag. The two teams would battle through the remainder of the third period and the five minute overtime scoreless eventually ending in the 4-4 tie.
Panther junior netminder Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) made 25 saves on the evening, while Brett Kilar (Coto de Caza, Calif.) finished with an impressive 34 saves for NEC.
NEC is on break until Friday, January 2 when they travel to take on Plattsburgh State in the Buck Supply Winter Classic. PSU will close out the semester Saturday, Dec. 13 when they host non-conference opponent Castleton State College at Hanaway Rink (6:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of New England College Sports Information)
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