PSU Men’s Ice Hockey topples Fitchburg State to begin MASCAC title defense

PSU Men’s Ice Hockey topples Fitchburg State to begin MASCAC title defense

Four different Panthers score, Pettersson with 33 saves 

            FITCHBURG, Mass. – Four different members of the Plymouth State Univeristy men's ice hockey team scored and senior goaltender Andreas Pettersson (Trollhattan, Sweden) made 33 saves to lead the Panthers to a 4-1 win over Fitchburg State University in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) opener for both teams Thursday night at the Wallace Civic Center.

            Both teams erupted out of the gates as three goals were scored in the first five minutes, with PSU holding a 2-1 lead. Freshman Marcus Seidl (Stockholm, Sweden) pushed the margin to 3-1 with a shorthanded tally in the middle stanza and PSU added an insurance marker in the third period to account for the final score.

            Plymouth State picks up its first win of the 2019-20 season to even its overall record at 1-1-0 (1-0-0 MASCAC), while the Falcons also stand at 1-1-0 (0-1-0 MASCAC).


            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 4, Fitchburg State 1


            Plymouth State (1-1-0, 1-0-0 MASCAC)

            Fitchburg State (1-1-0, 0-1-0 MASCAC)


            How it Happened.

  • The game started with a flurry as the teams combined for three goals in the opening five minutes. Junior Peter Laviolette (Brentwood, Tenn.) carried the puck along the nearside boards after a faceoff win in the defensive zone, then snuck a low-angle shot inside the left post to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead at the 3:36 mark.
  • Fitchburg evened the game just 33 seconds later, but freshman Myles Abbate (Norwell, Mass.) put PSU right back in the lead after cleaning up a rebound at 5:01 and the score would hold into the first intermission.
  • Plymouth State extended the lead to 3-1 with a shorthanded goal late in the second period. With the Falcons carelessly skating near their own goal, Seidl knocked the puck off a defenseman's stick and inside the nearside post.
  • PSU pushed the advantage to 4-1 on a beautiful goal 12:44 into the third period. Junior Brandon Barillaro (Alexandria, Ontario) skated in along the left side before feeding classmate Brett Backman (Cos Cob, Conn.) on the far post for the easy score.


            Inside the Numbers:

  • Pettersson and his counterpart, junior Brian McGrath (Worcester, Mass.) each finished with 33 saves.
  • Abbate and Seidl each scored their first collegiate goals.
  • For the second straight game Plymouth State struggled on the power play. After an 0-for-6 showing in the season opener, the Panthers were held scoreless on seven opportunities against the Falcons. Fitchburg State went 0-for-3 on the power play.
  • PSU held a 37-34 edge in shots.


            Straight From the Coach's Mouth:

            "I thought we stayed in control and didn't let our emotions get the best of us," said head coach Craig Russell. "That's been a focal point with such a young team, and I'm proud of the guys for that. We had some key shot bocks when we needed them, and timely scoring to keep momentum on our side. Andreas [Pettersson] was a rock in net and Brandon [Barillaro], Peter [Laviolette] and Jake [Gerbner] all played great games for us up front."


            Up Next:

  • The Panthers return home for a MASCAC tilt with Framingham State next Thursday (Nov. 14) at 6:00 p.m.



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