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.
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."
- 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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