Perron posts a goal and assist for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Tim Perron (Northborough, Mass.) picked up a goal and an assist but Plymouth State University fell to non-conference foe Endicott College by an 8-2 score in a men's hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Thursday night.
PSU came out strong and took a 1-0 lead courtesy of a power play goal from senior Michael Covach (Shillington, Pa.), but the Gulls rallied to tie the game less than a minute later. Perron put the Panthers back in front a minute later and Plymouth State would retain a 2-1 lead into the second period.
Endicott came back with three goals in the second period and four more in the third to pick up a second straight win over a nationally-ranked opponent.
The loss ends the Panthers' season-opening nine-game unbeaten streak, as PSU moves to 8-1-1 on the year. Endicott has won four straight games to improve to 7-3-1.
Plymouth State 2, Endicott 8
Plymouth State 8-1-1
How it Happened:
* Plymouth State struck first with a power play tally at the 6:33 mark of the first period. Senior Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Texas) played the puck from behind the net to Covach for a shot over the glove of Endicott freshman goaltender Conor O'Brien (Pinellas Park, Fla.).
* Endicott evened things at one just 49 seconds later when senior Carter Horwitz (Tustin, Calif.) was able to poke the puck in following a scrum in front of the net.
* The Panthers went right back in front 67 seconds later when Perron fired a shot from the point that nicked the post on its way in.
* PSU nearly took a two-goal lead midway through the period, but senior Cam Cundy (Portsmouth, N.H.) had his shot ring the post.
* Plymouth had a great chance early in the second period when junior Drake Longaker (Gilroy, Calif.) threw a lead pass through the neutral zone to sophomore Jake Gerbner (Havertown, Pa.) for a breakaway opportunity, but O'Brien was up to the challenge.
* Endicott pulled even at the 2:50 mark when freshman Hunter Luhmann (Lebanon, N.H.) found some space entering the zone and snuck a wrist shot under the pad of senior goalie Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) from the far side slot.
* The Gulls took advantage of a 5-on-3 when graduate student Ross Olsson (Billerica, Mass.) and senior Tommy Besinger (Milton, Mass.) passed back and forth on the point before Olsson blasted a slap shot that beat Morelli at the 8:36 mark.
* EC took a two-goal lead four minutes later as senior Daniel Kucerovy (Bethel Park, Pa.) won the puck along the end boards and found classmate Josh Bowes (Edmonton, Alberta) just outside the crease for a quick one-timer.
* The Gulls put the game away in the third period. Junior James Winkler (York, Maine) poked a puck past Morelli at the 8:18 mark, and Bowes picked up his second of the game 2:30 later.
* EC added insurance tallies by juniors Jason Kalinowski (Stamford, Conn.) and Luke Rodgers (Clarkston, Mich.) to wrap up the win.
Inside the Numbers:
* The game featured the nation's top two scoring offenses. PSU entered the night leading the country with 5.56 goals/game, while the Gulls averaged 5.30 per contest.
* Endicott has now beaten two nationally-ranked opponents in the last six days after also beating No. 5/7 University of New England by a 7-3 margin last Saturday.
* The teams had split their two previous meetings, with the Gulls winning 5-1 in 2016-17 and PSU taking last season's opener by a 3-2 margin.
* Perron finished with a goal and an assist, while Stevens picked up an assist for his 96th career point.
* Bowes led the Gulls with two goals for his 94th and 95th career points, while Kucerovy had four assists.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We did what we needed to in the first period," said head coach Craig Russell, "but we couldn't carry it beyond the first intermission. We made too many mistakes in crucial areas and you can't do that against an opponent of Endicott's caliber. We had defensive breakdowns that resulted in grade A scoring changes for them."
* The Panthers are off for the remainder of the fall semester, before returning to action on Jan. 4 at No. 11 University of New England (7:00 p.m.).
* Endicott is back on the ice on Dec. 31 when it welcomes Amherst College for a non-conference game at 1:00 p.m.
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