Stevens eclipses 100 career points with two assists
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Texas) became the 12th player in Plymouth State University men's ice hockey history to record 100-career points after notching a pair of assists as the Panthers skated to a 3-3 tie with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) clash at Hetland Arena on Saturday evening.
Stevens moved into 10th place on the PSU's all-time scoring list with 101 career points. He wasted little time reaching the mark, picking up the assist on a power play goal from senior Matt Volonnino (Hackettstown, N.J.) just 2:29 into the first period. PSU went up 2-0 just over three minutes later when Volonnino struck again, but the Corsairs cut the margin in half with a power play tally at the 13:07 mark.
The Panthers went back up by two on a goal by freshman Grant Dewitt (Bowling Green, Ohio), the first of his career, with 5:26 left in the middle stanza, but UMD rallied with a pair of power play goals in the game's final six minutes and neither team was able to score in the overtime period.
Plymouth State moves to 8-4-3 and 5-2-2 in MASCAC, while UMass Dartmouth goes to 7-7-1 and 4-3-1 in league play.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 3, UMass Dartmouth 3 (OT)
Plymouth State (8-4-3, 5-2-2 MASCAC)
UMass Dartmouth (7-7-1, 4-3-1 MASCAC)
How it Happened:
* Stevens reached the historic threshold when he found Volonnino just five seconds into the power play.
* Volonnino added his second of the game and team-leading 11th of the season at the 5:46 mark, with senior Michael Covach (Shillington, Pa.) and Stevens picking up the assists.
* The Corsairs took advantage of a slashing penalty in the middle portion of the opening period as sophomore Eric Bolden (Oswego, Ill.) found the back of the net with 6:53 left in the frame.
* The Panthers restored the two-goal advantage when Dewitt notched his first career goal at the 14:34 mark of the second period with sophomores Peter Laviolette (Nashville, Tenn.) and Henrik Axelson (Danderyd, Sweden) recording assists.
* UMass Dartmouth controlled play in the third period, outshooting the Panthers by an 18-3 margin. PSU was whistled for six penalties in the frame and the hosts cashed in on two of them to rally for the tie.
Inside the Numbers:
* Stevens became the first Panther to reach the 100-point mark since Andrew Wigg accomplished the feat during the 2015-16 season.
* Senior Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) matched a career-high with 47 saves for the Panthers to move to 7-3-3 on the year.
* Sophomore Ben Parker (Summit, N.J.) made 24 stops for the Corsairs to improve to 3-4-1.
* The Panthers were outshot by a 50-27 margin.
* PSU was done in by 11 penalties for 22 minutes, as the hosts went 3-for-9 with the man advantage. The Panthers cashed in on 1-of-4 power play opportunities.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We took too many avoidable penalties and lost our discipline as the game wore on," said head coach Craig Russell. "We can't give teams nine power play opportunities and think we're going to win."
* Plymouth State will have five days to regroup before hosting MASCAC rival Salem State University on Thursday (Jan. 17) on Scouts' Night. Puck-drop is set for 6:00 p.m.
* UMD travels to Westfield State on Tuesday (Jan. 15) for a 1:35 p.m. MASCAC contest with the Owls.
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