Seidl pots game-winner in chippy MASCAC game
DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Freshman Marcus Seidl (Stockholm, Sweden) broke a 1-1 tie with his second goal of the season late in the second period and Plymouth State University held on for a 2-1 win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a contentious Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey contest at Hetland Arena on Saturday afternoon.
In a game with 22 combined penalties and nearly 75 penalty minutes, UMass Dartmouth took advantage of an early power play opportunity to grab a 1-0 lead just 1:42 into the contest. Plymouth State countered with a JR Barone (West Chester, Pa.) goal in a 4-on-3 situation midway through the second and Seidl tallied the game-winner with just under two minutes left in the middle period.
Plymouth State improves to 4-2-0 and 4-1-0 in MASCAC play, while the Corsairs drop to 2-4-0 and 2-2-0 in conference action.
Plymouth State 2, UMass Dartmouth 1
Plymouth State (4-2-0, 4-1-0 MASCAC)
UMass Dartmouth (2-4-0, 2-2-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened.
- PSU got collared with a roughing penalty just 1:19 into the game and the Corsairs took advantage as freshman Michael Perrone (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) notched his fourth goal of the year just 23 seconds into the power play.
- Plymouth State picked up some momentum after the early deficit, outshooting the hosts by a 14-3 margin the rest of the frame, but sophomore goaltender Chris Stangarone (White Plains, N.Y.) was in top form and the Corsairs took a 1-0 lead into the intermission.
- PSU cashed in on a 4-on-3 opportunity at the 10:41 mark of the period as great puck movement resulted in a one-timer from an unmarked Barone to even the game.
- Plymouth State pulled in front with 1:36 left in the period when strong defensive zone play led to break out and Seidl's slap shot from the blue line trickled through Stangarone for a 2-1 lead.
- The Panthers' penalty kill unit fought off a 5-on-3 to start the third period and senior Andreas Pettersson (Trollhattan, Sweden) preserved the lead with strong play between the pipes as Plymouth State held on for the win.
Inside the Numbers:
- Pettersson finished with 33 saves, including 20 in the second period alone, to remain unbeaten on the year (4-0-0). Stangarone made 29 saves for the Corsairs, but dropped to 2-2-0 with the loss.
- Barone picked up his team-leading fourth goal of the season, while freshman Myles Abbate (Norwell, Mass.) recorded his sixth point of the year with an assist.
- Senior Victor Bergstrom (Angelholm, Sweden) also had an assist and leads the team with four helpers in the early going.
- Despite all the penalties, both team's penalty kill units performed well as UMD went 1-for-5 with the man advantage and Plymouth State finished 1-for-8.
- The hosts held a slight 34-31 edge in shots.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"We started the game flat and took an early penalty that gave us a hole to climb out of," said head coach Craig Russell. "I felt we were able to carry the play the last half of the first period, which helped us as the game went on. We needed to win a game like this at some point so we're comfortable playing a close game with a young team."
- Plymouth State will compete in the Utica Thanksgiving Tournament next weekend with some of the top programs in the nation. The Panthers open the weekend against #10 Utica on Friday (Nov. 29), and will face either #6 Oswego or #12 Salve Regina on Saturday (Nov. 30).
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