Wigg's late goal keeps Panthers unbeaten in MASCAC
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Senior Andrew Wigg (Lantz, Nova Scotia) scored the game-winning goal with 1:18 remaining in the third period Thursday evening and Plymouth State University went on to a 4-2 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) competition at Hetland Arena.
Wigg, who also assisted on PSU's first two goals of the game, broke a 2-2 tie at 18:42 of the final stanza, narrowly tipping the puck past a sprawling goalie on a breakaway pass from classmate Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.). Seconds later, freshman Ludvig Steenberg (Stockholm, Sweden) converted on the Corsair empty net to put the contest out of reach.
The Panthers, ranked 14th by USCHO.com and 15th by D3hockey.com, remain undefeated in the MASCAC at 7-0-0 and improve to 12-2 overall, while UMD slides to 4-6-3 overall and 3-3-2 in conference play.
PSU overcame a 49-save effort from Corsair junior goalie Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.), his third-highest save total of the season. His counterpart, senior Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.), turned aside 34 shots on the evening to up his season record to 9-1.
Plymouth State came out firing on the contest, outshooting the Corsairs 16-9 in the first period. It took the Panthers nearly 17 minutes to score on Michals, when freshman Matt Volonnino (Hackettstown, N.J.) went top glove on assists from Woody and Wigg on the power play, putting the visitors up 1-0 at the first intermission.
The Corsairs then came out surging to restart play, as junior Mike Kelly (Stoneham, Mass.) tipped in his third score of the season off the rebound from a Billy Boudreau (Newburyport, Mass.) shot. Freshman Colby Lanceleve (Stewiacke, Nova Scotia) and the Panthers responded to close the period, again capitalizing on the power play as Woody and Wigg assisted on the freshman's seventh goal of the year at 18:49.
Despite a Panther onslaught to begin the final stanza, UMass Dartmouth took advantage of several acrobatic Michals' saves, striking next to even the score as freshman Connor Court (Swansea, Ill.) buried the first goal of his career on a breakaway.
The tie score would not hold, however, as Wigg put the visitors back up for good 12 minutes later.
The visitors dominated the offensive totals, outshooting the hosts 53-36 on the game and capitalizing on 2-4 power play situations. The Corsairs were unable to convert on two man-up opportunities.
Both teams will continue MASCAC play on Saturday, as UMass Dartmouth continues its four-game home stand against Westfield State at 4 p.m. Plymouth State will host Salem State at 6 p.m.
(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)
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