Wigg scores two as Panthers suffer first MASCAC loss
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Max Lorenzen (Leesburg, Va.) scored a goal and assisted on another in the third period Thursday evening as Fitchburg State University rallied to defeat Plymouth State University, 5-3, in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey action at Hanaway Rink.
The visiting Falcons came from behind three times to hand the league-leading Panthers their first MASCAC loss of the season as PSU falls to 6-1-1 in the conference, 6-6-3 overall. Fitchburg State evened its MASCAC record at 3-3-1 while moving to 5-7-2 overall.
PSU was led by junior Andrew Wigg (Lantz, Nova Scotia), who scored a pair of goals to take over the MASCAC scoring lead with 19 points (10 goals, 9 assists).
Plymouth State scored the only goal of the first period when sophomore Erik Strom (Gothenberg, Sweden) slid a backhander under the goalie from right in front after some nice passing with senior Chad Barthelmess (Norristown, Pa.) and sophomore Mike Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill.)
Fitchburg State got on the board two minutes into the second period following a Panther turnover behind its own goal; sophomore Jon Johannesson (Red Lake, Ont.) collected the loose puck and dumped it into an empty net to tie the score at 1-1. Wigg gave PSU the lead back with his first of the game with six minutes left in the period, deflecting home a shot from the left point by sophomore defenseman Tord Thoresen (Oppegard, Norway), but that advantage lasted just 26 seconds as junior Stephen Carlette (Cheshire, Conn.) poked in a centering pass from classmate Ryan Connolly (Wappinger Falls, N.Y.) to deadlock the score at 2-2 after two.
Wigg gave PSU its third lead of the night, snapping in a wrister after some nice passing with junior Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) two minutes into the third period, but Fitchburg again had an answer. Lorenzen tied it at 3-3 two minutes later, burying a pass from behind the net from sophomore Cameron Snyder (Salisbury, Mass.), and Lorenzen set up senior Brett Nussbaum (Boca Raton, Fla.) for the game-winner at the seven-minute mark on a slap shot from the point through traffic in front of the net.
Junior Paul Falanga (East Haven, Conn.) sealed the win for the Falcons when he stole the puck and scored on a breakaway with 1:24 remaining.
Senior Ryan Wysocki (Grand Rapids, Mich.) earned the win in goal for Fitchburg with 34 saves as Plymouth State had a 37-32 advantage in shots. Junior Gordon Ceasar finished with 27 saves for PSU.
After playing its last six games at home, PSU hits the road on Saturday with a MASCAC encounter at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Fitchburg State returns home to host Worcester State University Saturday in a MASCAC affair.
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