Panthers pull out win after Vikings rally from 5-0 deficit
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Tim Larocque (Middleboro, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal two minutes and 20 seconds into overtime Saturday evening as Plymouth State University pulled out a 6-5 victory over Salem State University in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's hockey game at Hanaway Rink.
In a rematch of last year's MASCAC championship game, won by Salem State 4-0, Plymouth State score five goals in the first 14 minutes of the game to take a 5-0 lead. The Vikings chipped away at the deficit, scoring twice in the late stages of the first period, adding another in the second frame, and coming all the way back to tie the game at 5-5 with nine minutes remaining in regulation.
PSU pulled out the win in the extra session when sophomore Quinn Carroll (Amherst, N.H.) sent a diagonal pass from the right side towards the net, and Larocque deflected the puck through the legs of the Salem goaltender for the game-winner.
at Hanaway Rink, Plymouth, N.H. – Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
Plymouth State 6, Salem State 5 (OT)
Records: PSU 3-2-0 (2-0 MASCAC); SSU 1-2 (1-1 MASCAC)
* Senior Ian McGilvrey (Omaha, Neb.) and junior Chris Zuccaro (Hudson, N.H.) led the Panthers with a goal and two assists each. Sophomore Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Texas) tallied his team-leading fifth goal of the season, and senior Michael Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill.) and freshman Alec LeFave (Hudson, N.H.) scored goals as well.
* All five Salem State goals came on special teams, four on the power play and one short-handed. Freshman Callum Hofford (Woodbridge, Ont.) scored his first two goals of the season for the Vikings, both on the power play. Senior Brad Jones (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and junior Casey Miller (Billerica, Mass.) also scored with the man-advantage, and freshman Eric Rogorzenski (Barnstable, Mass.) notched a short-handed goal.
HOW IT HAPPENED
* LeFave put the Panthers on the board first, stealing a Salem clearing pass and firing a slap shot past starting goalie Marcus Zelzer (Green Bay, Wisc.), the reigning MASCAC Player of the Year. Zuccaro and Economos potted first-period goals just 11 second apart to make it 3-0, Zuccaro on a rebound after Zelzer made a stop on McGilvery, and Economos on a shot from the left circle that sent Zelzer to the bench for the evening.
* PSU wasn't done, scoring two more goals in the next six minutes. Stevens was set up from behind the net by Carroll, and MCGilvrey slid a backhander through the goalie's pads for the 5-0 lead with 6:30 remaining in the first period.
* Salem State got on the board with 4:25 remaining in the period during a 5-on-3 power play on a slap shot from the point by Jones, and Hofford tipped in a shot by Miller with 10 seconds left in the period to make it 5-2 after one.
* Hofford scored the only goal of the second period on a power play, pulling the Vikings to within two goals entering the third period.
* Salem State got a short-handed goal by Rogorzenski with 13 minutes remaining when his dump from his own blue line was mishandled by PSU goalie Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.), and the visitors tied up the game with 9:05 on the clock on Miller's goal during another 5-on-3 power play.
* PSU is now 2-0 in MASCAC play this season, with both wins in overtime.
* Salem State was 4-for-8 on the power play with one short-handed goal while PSU was 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
Both teams return to the ice with MASCAC games on Thursday, Nov. 17, as PSU travels to Framingham State University for a 7:40 p.m. contest and Salem State visits Fitchburg State University for a 7:00 p.m. face-off.
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