PSU Men’s Ice Hockey falls to Salve Regina in season opener

PSU Men’s Ice Hockey falls to Salve Regina in season opener

Brawley makes 39 saves in collegiate debut 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Brendahn Brawley (Morton, Pa.) made 39 saves in his collegiate debut, but Plymouth State University fell to Salve Regina University, 5-0, in a non-conference men's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Friday night.

            Brawley was tested early and often, but made a number of quality saves in the opening frame. Salve Regina broke through in the final minute of the opening period, then notched a power play tally midway through the second to take a 2-0 lead. Plymouth State was unable to capitalize on a 5-on-3 opportunity later in the frame, and the Seahawks added three third period goals to close out the game.

            Prior to the contest Plymouth State honored the 2018-19 team that won the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) regular season and tournament titles last year.

            Plymouth State drops to 0-1-0, while Salve Regina goes to 1-0-0 to open the year.

 

            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 0, Salve Regina 5

 

            Plymouth State (0-1-0)

            Salve Regina (1-0-0)

 

            How it Happened.

  • Salve Regina took a 1-0 lead with just 25 seconds left in the opening period when junior Edward Hirka (Vienna, Va.) fired a shot from just inside the blue line that deflected off Brawley's blocker into the net.
  • The Seahawks doubled the lead 7:12 into the second period when freshman Spencer Stanley (South Lyon, Mich.) fired a slap shot past a screened Brawley during a power play.
  • Plymouth State had a prime opportunity to cut into the deficit six minutes later, but the home team was unable to capitalize on a 5-3 opportunity.
  • Junior Erik Udahl (East Walpole, Mass.) made it 3-0 after picking up a loose puck following a blocked shot and slipping it in along the nearside post 3:19 into the third.
  • The Seahawks made it 4-0 just over three minutes later when a shot deflected off the boards to junior Timothy Sweeney (Hanover, Mass.), who poked the puck past Brawley.
  • Sophomore J.J. Layton (Peabody, Mass.) capped the scoring with a wrist shot from the point with 30 seconds to play to account for the final score.

 

            Inside the Numbers:

  • Brawley's 39 saves were the most for the Panthers since a 47-save effort last January 12th, in a 3-3 overtime tie at UMass Dartmouth.
  • Sophomore Louis-Felix St. Jean (St. Bruno, Quebec) stopped all 30 shots he faced to post the shutout win for Salve Regina.
  • The Seahawks held a 44-30 advantage in shots, including a 15-7 edge in the opening period.
  • PSU was held scoreless in six power play opportunities, while Salve Regina finished 1-for-3.

 

            Straight From the Coach's Mouth:

            "Overall I won't say I'm pleased because of the score," said head coach Craig Russell. "I think what we are really looking at here is the youth showing up and panicking a little bit. We are a work in progress and that's just what it is."

 

            Up Next:

  • Plymouth State travels to Fitchburg State on Thursday (Nov. 7) for the MASCAC opener. Puck drop against the Falcons is set for 7:00 p.m.

 

 

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