Ceasar makes 26 saves as Panthers post MASCAC win
FITCHBURG, Mass. – Senior goaltender Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) made 26 saves Thursday evening as Plymouth State University skated to a 4-1 victory over Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey action at the Wallace Civic Center.
Freshman forward Colby Lanceleve (Stewiacke, N.S.) picked up two points on a pair of assists to help propel the Panthers past the Falcons completing the regular season-sweep of Fitchburg State.
Plymouth State jumped ahead 9:26 into the first period when junior defenseman Matt Vermillion (South Lyon, Mich.) corralled a rebound off a break away attempt from Lanceleve before finishing the possession for his second goal of the season.
With just under four minutes left in the first stanza, the hosts took advantage of their second power-play of the game, pulling even in the contest after a pair of passes from senior John Celli and newcomer Ricky Kramer set up the cutting freshman Michael Fretz in front of the net, giving him a share of the team-high with 12 goals this season.
The Panthers regained the lead in the early stages of the middle period when junior Michael Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill.) sent a wrist-shot to the back of the net for his 11th goal of the season. PSU doubled its lead when freshman Tim Perron (Northborough, Mass.) had his shot ricocheted off a defender and into the back of the net for his second goal of the season extending the margin to 3-1.
The Panthers added an insurance marker with 42 seconds remaining in the contest as freshman Quinn Carroll (Amherst, N.H.) pushed the puck into the empty net for his first collegiate tally, resulting in the 4-1 final.
Plymouth State held a 46-27 margin in shots. Freshman netminder Charles Jakobsson collected 42 saves for Fitchburg State.
Fitchburg State (10-13-1, 7-9-1 MASCAC) returns to home-ice on Saturday to take on the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth for a MASCAC showdown starting at 4 pm on senior day. Plymouth State (18-5-1, 13-2-1 MASCAC) will travel to Worcester State on the same day for a MASCAC contest, starting at 7 p.m.
(Courtesy of Fitchburg State Sports Information)
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