Gerbner breaks third period tie, picks up three points
WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Jake Gerbner (Havertown, Pa.) tallied a power play goal to snap a 3-3 tie early in the third period and Plymouth State University went on to record a 5-3 win over Worcester State University in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey contest at the Worcester Ice Center on Thursday night.
Worcester State rallied from a 3-1 deficit to knot the game with 4:50 left in the second, but Gerbner broke the tie with a power play strike, his first goal of the year, just 2:39 into the third. Plymouth State tacked on an insurance goal, also with a man advantage, late in the third to secure the win. PSU scored three times on the power play after entering the game just 2-for-19 to start the season.
The Panthers improve to 3-1-0 in the MASCAC and 3-2-0 overall, while Worcester State drops its first league contest of the year to move to 3-1-0 in the conference and 4-2-0 for the season.
Plymouth State 5, Worcester State 3
Plymouth State (3-2-0, 3-1-0 MASCAC)
Worcester State (4-2-0, 3-1-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened.
- Plymouth State got on the board first when a stretch pass led to a breakaway chance for junior Brett Backman (Cos Cob, Conn.), and the 6-3 forward made the most of his opportunity to beat the Lancers' goalie at the 5:50 mark.
- PSU doubled its lead ten minutes later. After a 3-on-1 opportunity for the Lancers failed, Plymouth State countered and freshman Myles Abbate (Norwell, Mass.) found the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
- Worcester State would get a goal back 2:15 into the second, but PSU had the answer at 11:55 when freshman Leo Stolpe (Stockholm, Sweden) snapped a wrist shot from the right face-off circle with a man advantage.
- The hosts came right back less than three minutes later with a power play goal and the Lancers tied the game, 3-3, at the 15:10 mark of the period.
- Plymouth State regained the advantage with another power play goal just 2:39 into the third. Senior Drake Longaker (Gilroy, Calif.) whipped a pass from the top of the left circle to Gerbner, who skated toward the slot and fired a shot just inside the right post.
- The Panthers put the game away with 4:53 remaining as sophomore Simon Besner (North Lancaster, Ontario) broke into the zone, got around a defender and beat the goalie to account for the final score.
Inside the Numbers:
- Senior Andreas Pettersson (Trollhattan, Sweden) made 31 saves to remain unbeaten on the year at 3-0-0, while sophomore Ryan Hoff (Brockton, Mass.) dropped to 4-2-0 despite also stopping 31 shots.
- Gerbner picked up a goal and two assists, while Stolpe and Besner notched a goal and an assist apiece. Longaker also had a multi-point game with a pair of helpers.
- PSU's power play was clicking as the Panthers scored on 3-of-5 opportunities. Worcester State cashed in on 1-of-4 power play chances.
- PSU held a slight edge in shots, 36-34.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"I thought we controlled the neutral zone really well throughout the game," said head coach Craig Russell. "They got a fortunate bounce for their power play goal, but we stayed the course and responded well. Our breakout and zone exits were also strong throughout the game, which didn't allow Worcester to set up in their physical forecheck."
- Plymouth State heads to UMass Dartmouth for another league game on Saturday (Nov. 23) with a 4:00 p.m. start.
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