Steenberg, Laviolette each score twice in MASCAC win
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Senior Ludvig Steenberg (Stockholm, Sweden) and sophomore Peter Laviolette (Nashville, Tenn.) each scored a pair of goals to spark Plymouth State University to a 6-4 win over Framingham State University in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey game at Loring Arena on Thursday night.
In a see-saw battle, PSU held leads of 1-0 and 3-1, only to see the Rams fight back each time. The hosts pulled in front early in the third period, but Laviolette tied the game with his second of the night and Steenberg potted a short-handed game-winner with 3:40 to play. The Panthers added a power play strike with 1:15 remaining to secure the win.
Plymouth State improves to 10-5-3 (7-2-2 MASCAC), while the Rams fall to 2-14-1 and remain winless in league play (0-10-1).
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 6, Framingham State 4
Plymouth State (10-5-3, 7-2-2 MASCAC)
Framingham State (2-14-1, 0-10-1 MASCAC)
How it Happened:
* The Panthers broke the ice just 3:32 into the game when the puck deflected off a skate to senior Michael Covach (Shillington, Pa.) at the left circle. He flipped it toward the net to senior Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Texas), who made a move around senior goalie Adam Calabrese (Philadelphia, Pa.) and stuffed it inside the right post.
* Framingham evened the game at the 8:58 mark of the second period. After a PSU turnover in the neutral zone, freshman Bryan Whelan (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) poked the loose puck past the blue line, skated around a Panthers' defender and fired a wrist shot past the glove of junior Andreas Pettersson (Trollhattan, Sweden).
* The lead was short-lived, however, as Plymouth State jumped right back in front just two minutes later. Following an offensive zone face-off win sophomore JR Barone (West Chester, Pa.) whipped a pass from the left circle to Steenberg on the backside for an easy goal.
* PSU extended the lead to 3-1 with 6:38 left in the middle period when freshman Grant Dewitt (Bowling Green, Ohio) backhanded a pass from behind the goal to Laviolette, who blasted a shot from one knee under the dive of Calabrese on a delayed penalty.
* The Rams rallied, though, scoring twice in the final five minutes to knot things at 3-3. Senior Ryan McDonough (Dorchester, Mass.) sent the puck from behind the goal to junior Brenden Williams (Richmond, Va.) for an easy score at 15:53, and the duo hooked up again with 59 seconds remaining in the period to pull even.
* Framingham took the lead 1:40 into the third period when a blocked shot at the blue line led to a 2-on-0 breakaway. FSU worked the give-and-go to perfection and Whelan's second of the night gave the hosts a 4-3 lead.
* PSU came right back as Laviolette potted his second of the game after one-timing a pass through the slot from senior Tim Perron (Northborough, Mass.).
* The Panthers went up for good with 3:40 remaining on Steenberg's second, this time a short-handed strike. Covach deflected a pass at the blue line and found a streaking Steenberg, who made a move to hold off a defender before knocking a backhander just inside the nearside post for the 5-4 advantage.
Inside the Numbers:
* Six Panthers recorded multi-point games. In addition to Steenberg and Laviolette, Longaker, Covach, Barone and Perron all notched two assists.
* PSU blasted a season-high 61 shots and Plymouth State's six goals were the most since the Panthers topped Framingham State, 8-3, on Nov. 29.
* Pettersson finished with 16 saves to improve to 2-1-0 on the year, while his counterpart Calabrese made 55 saves but fell to 1-6-1.
* Plymouth State finished 1-of-3 on the power play, while the Panthers' penalty kill unit held the Rams scoreless in four opportunities.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We had a very slow start and made some critical mistakes that all ended up in the back of our net," said head coach Craig Russell. "Ultimately the guys never panicked and we pushed hard to get hte win. Ludvig [Steenberg] was exceptional all night and it was nice to see him get rewarded."
* Both teams are back in MASCAC action on Saturday (Jan. 26). The Panthers host Westfield State University at Hanaway Rink for a 6:00 p.m. tilt, while Framingham State visits Salem State at 2:00 p.m.
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