Woody scores tying goal for Panthers; Morelli makes 26 saves
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – The Framingham State University men's ice hockey team salvaged a 2-2 overtime tie with MASCAC leading Plymouth State University Thursday evening at Loring Arena .
With the tie the Rams move to 3-11-1 overall (2-6-1 MASCAC) while the Panthers are now 12-3-1 overall (7-1-1 MASCAC).
The two teams skated to an even first period where neither team scored or committed a penalty. The Rams took advantage of the game's first penalty early in the second period when Mark Essery (Rockfall, Conn.) put FSU up 1-0 with assist from Derek Ridgeway (Franklin, Mass.) and Rich Hill (Tampa, Fla).
The Panthers answered in the opening minutes of the third frame when they scored on the power-play with the goal going to freshman Matt Volonnino (Hackettstown, NJ) with Erik Strom (Gothenburg, Sweden) assisting.
A little over halfway through the third period FSU freshman Jake McKinnon (Framingham, Mass.) sniped a long strike over the goalies shoulder for another Rams power-play goal. Cam Coburn (Fresno, CA) and Keith Barnaby (Leominster, Mass.) were credited with assists.
The visitors tied the score with just over five minutes remaining in regulation when senior Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) scored a power-play goal with an assist from Tommy Dowell (Olathe, Kansas). Both teams had opportunities to score in the overtime period but neither side could convert.
Adam Calabrese (Philadelphia, PA) turned away 38 Panthers shots to preserve the tie for the Rams while freshman Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) made 26 stops for PSU.
All four goals were scored on the power-play. The Rams were 2-for-5 on the man advantage while the Panthers converted 2-of-3 chances.
Both teams return to the ice on Saturday as Framingham State hosts Westfield State at 2:40 p.m. and the Panthers host Fitchburg State at 6:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of Framingham State Sports Information)
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