Stevens continues his hot start with a goal and an assist
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team dropped its first game of the season on the road against Worcester State University, 3-2, in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) opener for both teams Tuesday night.
The Panthers got things rolling early when junior forward Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Texas) picked up his third goal of the young season on a power play just three minutes into the game. Assisting on the goal was junior forward Ludvig Steenberg (Stockholm, Sweden) and freshman JR Barone (West Chester, Penn.).
Five minutes later sophomore defenseman Victor Bergstrom (Angleholm, Sweden) doubled the Plymouth State lead on yet another power play goal with Stevens recording the assist.
The Lancers stormed back in the second period capitalizing on one of their five power play opportunities. Sophomore forward Nick Patullo (Doylestown, Penn.) put the puck past sophomore goalie Thierry Messervier (Montreal, Que.) at 8:55. Worcester State evened things up just 38 seconds later when senior forward Mike Moran (Milford, Mass.) slipped one past Messervier.
"We didn't compete," said head coach Craig Russell. "We missed easy assignments that should be automatic at this level," he went on to state.
Worcester State completed the comeback when junior defender Cody Slocum (Temecula, Calif.) scored from sophomore Khalil East (Los Angeles, Calif.) six minutes into the third period. The Panthers put up a barrage of shots in the final frame, but WSU sophomore goalie Josh Reinstein (Woodland Hills, Calif.) was up to the task, preserving the Lancers' victory.
Plymouth State outshot the Lancers 14-9 in the final frame, and 27-22 in the contest..
Messervier picks up the loss in net for the Panthers, who move to 1-1-0 on the season, while Reinstein improves to 2-0-0 on the year.
"I thought we placed as poor of a game as we could have, honestly," added a critical Russell. "We thought we were entitled to win the game because we played well in game one of the season," he finished.
Plymouth State will return to Hanaway Rink for the home opener this Saturday (Nov.4) when the Panthers host NCAA Division II opponent Stonehill College (6:00 p.m.) while Worcester State also plays Saturday, travelling to Franklin Pierce for a 7:00 p.m. puck-drop.
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