Panthers take nine-game win streak into mid-season break
RUTLAND, Vt. – Plymouth State University scored four unanswered goals in the second period Saturday evening and skated away with a 4-1 victory over Castleton University in non-conference men's ice hockey action at Spartan Arena.
PSU captured its ninth straight victory and heads into the mid-season break with a 10-1 record and receiving votes in national polls. Castleton winds up at 1-9-1.
Freshman Matt Volonnino (Hackettstown, N.J.) and junior Ian McGilvrey (Omaha, Neb.) tallied one goal and one assist apiece for the Panthers, and freshman Ludvig Steenberg (Stockholm, Sweden) also recorded two points with a pair of helpers. Freshman goalie Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) captured his second win of the year after producing 35 saves with a .972 save percentage.
Simon Teodorsson scored the lone Castleton goal of the game off feeds from Fabio Kläy and Patrick Thornton, while Brody Wagner and Ryan Mulder produced a combined 39 saves.
Following a scoreless initial frame, the Panthers wasted little time to strike in the second, as Volonnino cleaned up his own rebound in the crease just 1:40 into the period to put the away side ahead, 1-0. Junior Erik Ström (Gotherburg, Sweden) followed that up less than three minutes later by finishing a wrister through traffic before a goal by junior Dan Dupell (Collegeville, Pa) at the 6:41 mark placed Plymouth State in front, 3-0.
The Panthers capped off their scoring with their fourth strike in a span of just 6:27 to extend the advantage to four. Sophomore Chris Zuccaro (Hudson, N.H.) delivered a pass through traffic to McGilvrey at the far post, and the junior forward knocked it home, giving the visitors a four-goal lead.
Castleton had a great scoring chance early in the third on a power play opportunity. After Morelli knocked aside multiples shots on-target, it seemed that the Spartans had broken through the defense with their first score of the game, but Trevor Hanna's goal was disallowed and the score remained 4-0.
Just over three minutes later, the Spartans found the back of the net again, but this time it counted, as Teodorsson notched his first score of the season to make it 4-1 with 14:52 left in regulation.
After a break for final exams and the holidays, the return to the ice on Thursday, Jan. 7, at Curry College.
(Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information)
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