Panthers put first blemish on Beavers' schedule
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University junior goalie Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) made 34 saves, including one on a penalty shot with 2:25 to play in regulation, as the host Panthers earned a 2-2 overtime tie with #3 Babson College Saturday evening in a non-conference men's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink.
Junior Andrew Wigg (Lantz, N.S.) scored a power play goal for PSU with 8:10 to play in the third period to even the score at 2-2. Ceasar made a blocker save on the penalty shot by Babson freshman Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) to preserve the deadlock.
The outcome marked the first blemish of the season on Babson's record (11-0-1), while PSU is now 5-4-3 overall. The Beavers are #3 in both the D3hockey.com and USCHO.com Division III national polls.
Ceasar was equaled at the other end by junior Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.), a First Team All-America a year ago and the national leader this season in save percentage (.968) and shutouts (4) and second in goals against average (0.85). Murray made 23 saves on 25 shots to move his season record to 11-0-1, allowing more than one goal for just the second time in 12 starts this season.
Senior Chad Barthelmess (Norristown, Pa.) gave PSU an early lead at 7:31 of the first period with his first goal of the season, scoring on his own rebound after being set up by senior Kyle Brumfield (Bowie, Md.). The Panthers outshot Babson 10-7 in the first period and led 1-0.
The Beavers owned the second period, forging 19 shots on goal to seven for PSU, and scoring two goals. Freshman Bobby Hall (Westwood, Mass.) pounded home his own rebound in the slot at 12:51, and senior defenseman Joe DiPietro (Pembroke, Mass.) scored on a slapshot from the point at 17:31 after a face-off win by sophomore Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio).
Wigg scored the equalizer at 11:50, walking from behind the goal line in the left corner and flipping a backhander over Murray's shoulder into the top right corner.
PSU plays its fourth straight non-conference home game Thursday at Hanaway Rink against Curry College. Babson plays a non-conference game Tuesday at Amherst.
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