Abbate nets game-winner late in third
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Leo Stolpe (Stockholm, Sweden) scored his first career goal and classmate Myles Abbate (Norwell, Mass.) netted the game-winner as Plymouth State University defeated Framingham State University, 5-3, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey contest at Hanaway Rink Thursday night.
Plymouth State got goals from junior Peter Laviolette (Brentwood, Tenn.), Stolpe and junior JR Barone (West Chester, Pa.) to build a 3-1 lead at the conclusion of the first period, but the Rams came charging back to even the game in the second.
Both teams battled end to end in the third before Plymouth State started to apply sustained pressure in the second half of the stanza. The Panthers took back the lead for good as Abbate converted a power play goal off the penalty's first faceoff and PSU added an empty-netter in the final minute to seal the victory.
With the win, Plymouth State improves to 2-1-0 (2-0-0 MASCAC), while Framingham State falls to 0-3-0 (0-2-0 MASCAC).
Plymouth State 5, Framingham State 3
Plymouth State (2-1-0, 2-0-0 MASCAC)
Framingham State (0-3-0, 0-2-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened.
- Plymouth State capitalized on one of its early rushes as senior Alec LeFave (Hudson, N.H.) entered the zone and slid a pass around a Rams' defender to Laviolette along the far side, whose shot from just above the face off dot found the back of the net at the 3:01 mark.
- Framingham State tied the game at 11:53 when senior Brenden Williams (Richmond, Va.) connected on a slap shot a few strides in from the far side point.
- The Panthers scored their first power play goal of the year to grab the lead back at just over two minutes later when Stolpe tipped a shot in front of the net into the goalie's chest and put home the rebound for his first career goal.
- PSU extended its lead as senior Victor Bergstrom (Angelholm, Sweden) fired a shot from the near side point and Barone tipped it to the five hole at 18:13.
- FSU cut the deficit to 3-2 at the 2:42 mark of the second period when freshman Jake Conrad (Romeoville, Ill.) slid a shot from the point through traffic and past the PSU goaltender's left pad.
- A short-handed opportunity for PSU on a Framingham State power play quickly turned into a two-on-one breakaway for the Rams, and junior Ryan Paul (Morgan, Vt.) converted to even the score with 4:11 left in the second.
- The Panthers picked up the intensity in the second half of the third period, posting some strong zone time throughout the latter half of the frame. A power play opportunity was all PSU needed to tip the scales, as Abbate converted off of the man-advantage faceoff to take the lead for good.
- Junior Brett Backman (Cos Cob, Conn.) added an empty-netter with 35 seconds to play to seal the Panthers' win.
Inside the Numbers:
- Plymouth State improves to 28-1-2 against the Rams since 2009, including a 15-1-0 record at Hanaway Rink.
- Barone added an assist to his goal, while LeFave and Bergstrom each recorded a pair of helpers.
- After starting the season 0-of-13 on the power play, PSU converted on 2-of-3 chances. The Rams went 1-for-5 with a man advantage.
- Senior Andreas Pettersson (Trollhattan, Sweden) made 21 saves to improve to 2-0-0 on the year, while his counterpart, senior Greg Harney (East Haven, Conn.) stopped 39 shots but dropped to 0-2-0.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"I told the guys that's how a young team performs," said head coach Craig Russell. "For five minutes you look good, and then ten minutes you look bad. I love the resiliency and I the way that we played in the third period. The fact we were able to regroup after a terrible second period is what we're looking for going forward."
- Both teams are in league action on Saturday (Nov. 16). The Panthers start a long road swing with a tilt at Westfield State at 5:35 p.m., while Framingham State returns home to face Worcester State at 7:40 p.m.
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