Panthers score six unanswered goals to secure MASCAC win
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Plymouth State University scored six unanswered goals to skate past Framingham State University, 6-1, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey game at Loring Arena on Thursday night.
With the victory the Panthers improve to 6-2-1 overall and 4-1-0 in MASCAC play, while Framingham State falls to 2-7-2 and 1-4-0 in league action.
Freshman Jack Pierson (Livonia, Mich.) put the Rams ahead early in the first period with an unassisted tally at the 5:04 mark. Pierson forced a neutral zone turnover, then converted on the ensuing breakaway to give the hosts an early lead.
Freshman Christian La Croix (Northford, Conn.) scored a deflection goal for PSU just over two minutes later to even the game at one apiece. Sophomore Victor Bergstrom (Angelholm, Sweden) picked up his fifth assist of the season after firing the initial shot, with freshman Montell Greene (Stockholm, Sweden) earning the secondary assist.
Despite holding a 12-3 advantage in shots for the period, FSU sophomore goaltender Greg Harney (East Haven, Conn.) was able to hold the Panthers at bay and the score remained tied heading into the first intermission.
Plymouth State took the lead 8:27 into the second period when the Panthers capitalized on a power play opportunity. With just nine seconds remaining on the man advantage, sophomore Drake Longaker (San Jose, Calif.) notched his first goal of the year, with junior Ludvig Steenberg (Stockholm, Sweden) and junior Tim Perron (Northborough, Mass.) recording the assists. It would be the first of six straight goals for the Panthers.
Later in the period, freshmen Peter Laviolette (Nashville, Tenn.) and JR Barone (West Chester, Pa.) added to the PSU lead with a pair of goals less than a minute apart. Laviolette's shot got past Harney with 3:35 left in the second period with sophomore Tim Larocque (Middleboro, Mass.) and Perron picking up assists. Barone beat Harney 33 seconds later, capitalizing on feeds from Larocque and Laviolette, to push the lead to 4-1.
Bergstrom added his fourth tally of the year midway through the third period with assists from junior Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Texas) and junior Matt Volonnino (Hackettstown, N.J.), and Volonnino iced the win with a power play score with just 17 seconds remaining with Stevens and senior Caleb O'Brien (Saginaw, Mich.) picking up the assists.
Sophomore Andreas Pettersson (Trollhattan, Sweden) made 15 saves, including 10 in the third period, to earn the win in his first action of the season. Harney fell to 2-6-2 despite making 36 stops. PSU held a 42-16 edge in shots and finished 2-of-5 on the power play while holding the Rams scoreless in four man-advantage opportunities.
Bergstrom, Laviolette and Volonnino each finished with a goal and an assist in the win, with Larocque, Perron and Stevens all recording two assists.
The Panthers are back home at Hanaway Rink on Saturday for a 6:00 p.m. MASCAC contest with Westfield State University. The game will be the nightcap of a PSU ice hockey Teddy Bear Toss double-header. The women's team will start the day off with a 2:00 p.m. game with Salem State. Fans are encouraged to bring a new teddy bear to toss on the ice after the first PSU goal of each game.
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