Panthers suffer first MASCAC loss despite Pettersson's career game
WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Andreas Pettersson (Trollhattan, Sweden) made a career high 27 saves, but the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team dropped its first Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) game of the year, a 4-1 setback to Worcester State University, at Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Arena on Saturday night.
The Panthers, who entered play unbeaten in six league contests, got on the board first with a second period tally from sophomore Peter Laviolette (Nashville, Tenn.), but Worcester State answered just 40 seconds later.
The Lancers took advantage of a PSU major penalty, scoring a pair of power play goals in the first 2:26 of the third period, before tacking on an insurance goal two minutes later to secure the win.
Plymouth State moves to 8-2-2 and 5-1-1 in the MASCAC, while Worcester State improves to 7-5-0 and 4-3-0 in league play.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 1, Worcester State 4
Plymouth State (8-2-2, 5-1-1 MASCAC)
Worcester State (7-5-0, 4-3-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened:
* Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the opening 20 minutes, despite the Panthers dominating play. PSU peppered sophomore goaltender Aaron Callan (South Lyon, Mich.) with 20 shots, but Callan stood tall to keep the game scoreless.
* Laviolette put the Panthers ahead with just over five minutes remaining in the second period when he scored on a breakaway, with freshman Ben Chipman (North Vancouver, B.C.) setting him up.
* The lead was short-lived, however, as sophomore Matthew Manning (Novi, Mich.) pounded home a rebound off as hot from senior Cody Weaver (West Greenwich, R.I.) to even the score just 40 seconds later.
* WSU took advantage of a PSU major penalty that carried over into the start of the third period. The Lancers went ahead when a shot from senior Mike Moran (Milford, Mass.) snuck past Pettersson just 1:42 into the frame.
* Senior Andrew Etheridge (Burrillville, R.I.) tacked on a second power play score just 42 seconds later on a goal set up by Moran, as the hosts extended the lead to 3-1.
* Moran picked up his second goal of the game at the 4:25 mark when he redirected a shot from the point by Manning.
* The Panthers had multiple scoring chances down the stretch, including an extended 5-on-3 in the closing minutes, but Callan was able to preserve the win.
Inside the Numbers:
* PSU held a 38-31 advantage in shots, and a massive 20-8 edge in the opening period, but Callan limited the Panthers to just one goal – their lowest offensive output of the year.
* Callan finished with 37 saves to improve to 6-2-0, while Pettersson dropped to 1-1-0 despite his career-high 27 stops.
* The Panthers were held scoreless on six power play opportunities, while the Lancers went 2-for-7 with the man advantage.
* Moran finished with two goals and an assist, while Manning also had a three point game with a goal and two helpers. Senior Mitch Purdie (Peterborough, Ont.) chipped in with a pair of assists.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We missed too many chances to stay in the game," said head coach Craig Russell. "Callan played great for them. I feel sorry for Andreas [Pettersson] because he kept us in the game through the second period and we let him down with too many penalties and we didn't cash in when we had scoring opportunities. We're going to have to regroup quickly for Tuesday and figure out where our secondary scoring will come from. Right now we only have a handful of guys creating chances and when they don't finish, we lose."
* Plymouth State continues a brutal stretch of five games in nine days when it travels to Curry College for a non-conference game on Tuesday (Jan. 8) at 6:50 p.m.
* The Lancers face Framingham State on Thursday (Jan. 10) at 3:40 p.m.
**With contributions from Worcester State Sports Information**
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