Stevens scores two goals for Panthers, including game-winner
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Sophomore Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Texas) scored a pair of goals Thursday evening, including the game-winner, as Plymouth State University nipped the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 5-4, in PSU's first Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey game of the season at Hetland Arena.
Stevens potted a short-handed goal with four minutes to play in regulation to put the Panthers ahead, 4-3, only to see the Corsairs tie the score 15 seconds later on the same power play. Stevens tallied the game-winner 3:06 into the extra session, with an assist from senior Dan Dupell (Collegeville, Pa.)
PSU evens its record at 2-2 overall (1-0 MASCAC) while UMD is now 1-2-1 (1-1 MASCAC). The Panthers finished with a 38-19 advantage in shots on goal.
at Hetland Arena, New Bedford, Mass. – Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016
Plymouth State 5, UMass Dartmouth 4 (OT)
Records: PSU 2-2-0 (1-0-0 MASCAC); UMD 1-2-1 (1-1-0 MASCAC)
* A scoreless first period gave way to an equally-matched second, with the Corsairs twice taking a one-goal lead only to have the visitors tie it up. Senior Matt Baldino (Woburn, Mass.) put UMD on the board first with a power play goal at 3:34, but sophomore Quinn Carroll (Amherst, N.H.) evened the score four minutes later with his first of the season. Junior Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) gave the hosts the advantage again with an unassisted goal at 13:38, and freshman Tim Larocque (Middleboro, Mass.) tied the score at 2-2 with a minute and a half to go in the middle period.
* The Panthers took their first lead of the night when senior Erik Strom (Gothenburg, Sweden) scored a power play goal with just 6:49 remaining in the third period, but Baldino was there again minutes later to tie yet again on another UMD power play.
* Stevens converted a breakaway for a shorthanded goal for PSU with four minutes left in regulation, but just 15 seconds later off the faceoff, Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) evened the score yet again to force overtime.
* The Corsairs converted on half of their power play chances on the evening (3-for-6), while Plymouth State found the net on just one of seven chances.
* PSU freshman Thierry Messervier (Chambly, Que.) needed to make just 15 saves for the win in the Panther goal. Goalkeeper Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) surpassed the 30-save mark for the third-consecutive game, registering 33 stops including 13 in the third period.
* The Panthers return home to host defending MASCAC champion Salem State University this Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at Hanaway Rink. UMass Dartmouth is on the road to continue MASCAC play on Saturday, visiting Westfield State for a 5:35 p.m. puck drop.
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