Panthers extend unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1)
FRAMINGAM, Mass. – Sophomore goaltender Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) made 22 saves Saturday evening as Plymouth State University blanked Framingham State University, 3-0, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey game at Loring Arena.
Morelli had a relatively easy night en route to his second career shutout. At the other end of the ice, Greg Harney (East Haven, Conn.) made an impressive 65 stops for the Rams as PSU finished with a 68-22 advantage in shots on goal.
PSU extended its unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1), improving to 14-5-2 overall and remaining atop the MASCAC standings with a 12-1-1 mark. Framingham State drops to 2-20 overall and 1-14 in conference play.
at Loring Arena, Framingham, Mass. – Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017
Plymouth State 3, Framingham State 0
Records: PSU 4-2-0 (3-0-0 MASCAC); FRAM 1-4-0 (0-3-0 MASCAC)
* The Panthers broke through for the game's first goal a little over halfway through the first frame when junior Caleb O'Brien (Saginaw, Mich.) buried a one-time pass from freshman Tim Larocque (Middleboro, Mass.) with classmate Cam Cundy (Portsmouth, N.H.) also assisting.
* The Rams had a chance to cut the margin in half with just over seven minutes to play in regulation when Tyler Colacchio (Bellingham, Mass.) had a breakaway attempt but Morelli made a great sprawling stop to keep the Rams scoreless.
* The Panthers once again found the back of the net with less than five minutes to play in regulation when junior Riley Flanagan (Weymouth, Mass.) deflected a long strike in front from Larocque with Tommy Dowell (Olathe, KS) also assisting.
* PSU completed a three-game sweep of the Rams this season, after previously winning by scores of 10-1 and 5-4 in overtime. The Panthers are 10-0-1 in their last 11 games against Framingham.
* PSU plays three MASCAC homes game this week, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 14, with a make-up game against Salem State University.
* The Rams return to the ice on Thursday, Feb. 16, when they host Westfield State in MASCAC action.
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