Panthers match program record with 19th win of season
WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Andrew Wigg (Lantz, N.S.) tallied a goal and an assist Saturday evening to help Plymouth State University defeat Worcester State University, 4-1, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference men's ice hockey game at the Hart Recreation Center.
The Panthers improved to 19-4-1 overall, matching the 1985-86 and 2012-13 teams for the most wins in a season in program history. PSU also upped its conference record to 14-2-1, remaining just one point behind league-leading Salem State. Worcester State dropped to 6-17-1 overall, 3-13-1 in the MASCAC.
The victory was also career-win #100 for PSU head coach Craig Russell, who is now 100-44-11 in his sixth season.
The Panthers scored the only goal of the first period with two minutes remaining when Michael Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill) received a crisp pass from Tim Perron (Northborough, Mass) and skated into the Lancers zone and fired a quick snap shot over the glove hand of Max Kirkwood (Brunswick, Ohio) into the top shelf.
The Panthers controlled the second period with a shot advantage of 13-5. Kirkwood kept the puck out of the net with some much needed timely saves. The deficit would grow, however, in the third period. About a minute and a half into the period, Wigg received a pass from Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) and was off to the races on a breakaway. The Panthers forward dragged the puck away from Kirkwood and was able to backhand the puck into the goal.
The Lancers battled throughout the period and finally got on to the board 17 minutes in to the period with their goalie pulled. The Lancers took advantage of the extra skater when Marcus Mazur (Beverly Hills, Mich.) ripped a slap shot over the shoulder of Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Cal.).
The goal pulled Worcester State within one goal, but Plymouth State would add two empty net goals from Ludvig Steenberg (Stockholm, Sweden) and Woody to come up with the 4-1 win.
Both goaltenders played exceptionally well as Kirkwood stopped 31-of-33 shots and Ceasar stopped 17-of-18 shots against him. The win gave Caesar a record of 16-3-0 on the season.
The regular season concludes on Tuesday when Worcester State travels to Salem State and Plymouth State hosts Westfield State at 6:00 p.m. at Hanaway Rink.
(Contributions from Worcester State Sports Information)
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