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PSU Men’s Ice Hockey doubled up by Worcester State

Panthers drop MASCAC affair on Senior Night

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior defenseman Cody Osburn (Sacramento, Calif.) tallied a goal and two assists Thursday evening to lead Worcester State University to a 6-3 triumph over Plymouth State University in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey action at Hanaway Rink.

            The teams traded leads in the first two periods, and headed into the final frame deadlocked at 2-2. The Lancer offense came alive and put four goals on the board to skate away with the victory. Osburn scored the eventual game-winning goal on a Worcester State power play five minutes into the period, and after PSU cut the margin to 4-3, Osburn set up an insurance goal with 6:22 to play.

            PSU, which had already clinched the MASCAC regular season title and the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament, had its Senior Night spoiled by the loss. The Panthers drop to 12-8-3 overall and 12-3-1 in conference play, while the Lancers are now 6-14-2 overall and 4-10-1 in the MASCAC, tying Framingham State University for the final playoff spot.

            Worcester State opening the scoring 12 minutes into the first period, as freshman Alex Pommerville (Macedon, N.Y.) buried his fourth of the season after a nice centering pass from senior Andrew Bates (Marblehead, Mass.) The Panthers evened the score with three minutes to go in the period when senior Chad Barthelmess (Norristown, Pa.) barreled down the right side of the side, drew the defense to him and slid a pass across the middle, where sophomore Ryan Callahan (Londonderry, N.H.) found the open net for a power play marker, his fourth goal of the season, tying the game at 1-1 after one.

            Sophomore Erik Strom (Gothenburg, Sweden) put PSU in the lead five minutes into the second period on a power play when his slap shot from just inside the blue line found the top left corner of the net. Worcester State answered midway through the frame when senior Rich Ledy (Marquette, Mich.) tallied a power play goal as PSU was trying to kill off a five-minute major, tying the game at 2-2 after 40 minutes.

            Senior Stephen Rock (Tulsa, Okla.) gave the Lancers the lead for good less than two minutes into the third period as his shot from the right circle fluttered over the goalie's shoulder into the upper corner of the net. Osburn made it 4-2 three minutes later with a slap shot from the top of the umbrella on a power play.

            PSU pulled back to within a goal when sophomore Ian McGilvrey (Omaha, Neb.) snapped a shot from the slot past the goalie at 7:27 of the third, but senior Nathan Stanley (Meridian, Idaho) came right back for the Lancers with a power play goal at 13:38 to restore the two-goal lead, and junior Nick Drill (Madison, Wisc.) tacked on an empty net goal to seal the win.

            Worcester State finished with a 30-21 margin in shots on goal. Each team potted three goals with a man-advantage, PSU in five chances and WSU in six tries.

            Freshman Tyler Fallica (Coram, N.Y.) made 18 saves to pick up the win for Worcester State, while senior Zac Enstrom (South Windsor, Conn.) made 24 saves in the Panther goal.

            Both teams play conference games again on Saturday as PSU visits Framingham State and Worcester State travels to Westfield State. 

PSU honored its seniors prior to the game on Senior Night -- (from left) Chad Barthelmess, Mike Freitag  
Zac Enstrom, Kyle Brumfield, and Zach Sarig.  

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