Perron scores as Panthers' four-game win streak is snapped
HARTFORD, Conn. – #3 Trinity College scored a pair of second period goals, then hung on late to defeat Plymouth State University, 2-1, in non-conference men's ice hockey action at Williams Rink on Saturday afternoon.
Plymouth State sees its four-game winning streak come to a close as the Panthers fall to 5-2. Trinity, ranked third in the country, improves to 4-0 while extending its home winning streak to 15 straight games.
After an even first period of play, the Bantams erupted for 21 shots and a pair of goals in the second frame. Junior forward Ryan Pfeffer (Canton, Mass.) took control of the puck near the left face-off circle, skated in for a close shot. Junior goaltender Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) made the initial save, but Pfeffer stuffed in the rebound for the game's first goal with 9:53 to play.
Plymouth nearly knotted the score two minutes later, but a shot from junior Ludvig Steenberg (Stockholm, Swened) hit the post during a Panther power play, and Trinity senior goalie Alex Morin (St. Hubert, Que.) kept the visitors off the scoreboard with several clutch saves in the period.
Sophomore Andy Cugg (Mesa, Ariz.) doubled the Trinity lead with a backhanded shot from the right side with 2:41 left in the second. Junior Charlie Zuccarini (Shelton, Conn.) was credited with the assist.
PSU increased the offensive pressure in the third period and junior Tim Perron (Northborough, Mass.) made it a one-goal game after converting on passes from freshman JR Barone (West Chester, Pa.) and Steenberg on a power play. Morelli kept the margin at a single goal as he recorded 18 of his 47 saves in the final 20 minutes, but the Bantam defense was up to the task.
Morin finished with 27 saves to improve to 3-0, while Morelli was charged with his first loss of the season to drop to 5-1.
PSU is right back on the ice tomorrow with a 4:00 p.m. contest at Wesleyan.
** With contributions from Trinity College Sports Information **
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