Late Strom goal lifts Panthers to MASCAC victory
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior defenseman Erik Strom (Gothenburg, Sweden) scored the game-winning goal on a power play with nine minutes remaining Thursday evening and Plymouth State University held on for a 2-1 victory over Worcester State University in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference men's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink.
Junior Ian McGilvrey (Omaha, Neb.) tallied a goal and an assist to lead the PSU offense, and senior goalie Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) made 26 saves for the victory. The league-leading Panthers improve to 14-3-1 overall and 9-1-1 in the conference, while the upset-minded Lancers drop to 4-12-1 overall and 1-9-1 in the MASCAC.
After a scoreless first period, McGilvery opened the scoring for PSU at 11:32 of the second period, finishing off a nice pass from sophomore Riley Flanagan (Weymouth, Mass.) PSU had an 18-13 shot advantage through two periods but led just 1-0.
The visitors tied the score at 3:43 of the third period when freshman Marcus Mazur (Beverly Hills, Mich.) snapped a shot from the right circle off Ceasar's shoulder and into the top left corner of the net. The Panthers notched the eventual game-winner at 9:15 when Strom took a pass at the right point and fired a shot through traffic into the back of the net.
Worcester State had a 14-7 shot advantage in the third period and had a 27-25 margin for the game but couldn't put another one past Ceasar. PSU was 1-of-4 on the power play while WSU came up empty on seven tries with the man advantage, including one on PSU major penalty.
Freshman Max Kirkwood (Brunswick, Ohio) made for 23 saves in the Lancers net.
Both teams are back on the ice Saturday with MASCAC games as PSU visits Westfield State University (5:35 p.m.) and Worcester State returns home to host Salem State University (7:00 p.m.).
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