Panthers look to regroup at Castleton on Saturday
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Leo Stolpe (Stockholm, Sweden) notched a goal and an assist, but #2 Trinity College had too much firepower as the Bantams topped Plymouth State University, 9-2, in a non-conference men's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Friday night.
PSU, playing for the first time in 27 days, came out slowly as the Bantams scored in the opening minute and held a 19-3 advantage in shots through the first period. Trinity built a 4-0 lead through the first 27 mintutes of action, but PSU stormed back with a pair of quick strikes to cut the deficit in half, 4-2, midway through the second period. The Bantams scored twice in the final 2:30 of the middle stanza, then put the game out of reach with a three-goal third period.
Plymouth State falls to 5-5-1, while Trinity improves to 8-1-0 on the year.
Plymouth State 2, #2 Trinity 9
Plymouth State (5-5-1)
#2 Trinity (8-1-0)
How it Happened.
- The Bantams went ahead after just 36 seconds when the puck took a strange bounce off the end boards behind the PSU goal and sophomore Lucas Michaud (South Portland, Maine) rocketed it into the net.
- The visitors essentially had a four minute power play following back-to-back PSU penalties and junior Devin Moore (Danville, N.H.) made it 2-0 after burying a one-timer off a cross-ice pass inside the far post with 3:44 left in the period.
- Trinity made it 3-0 less than two minutes into the second when Michaud poked in a rebound off a shot from senior Barclay Gammill (New Canaan, Conn.).
- Senior Adam Anderson (Lino Lakes, Minn.) pushed the advantage to 4-0 after whipping a wrist shot from the slot at the 7:27 mark.
- Plymouth State got right back into the game with a pair of goals just 41 seconds apart. Stolpe snuck a wrist shot under the glove of the Bantams' goaltender, then freshman Jacob Laurin (Stockholm, Sweden) collected a feed through the crease at 8:58 to cut the margin to 4-2.
- Trinity went back up by three, 5-2, when Anderson forced a turnover behind the PSU net and found freshman Riley Prattson (Tolland, Conn.) alone in front for the easy score with 2:30 left in the stanza.
- The Bantams added a tally in the final minute of the period when crisp passing led to a goal from junior Dylan Healey (Goshen, N.Y.) with just 26 seconds left, and Trinity added three more scores in the third period to account for the final score.
Inside the Numbers:
- Stolpe moved into a tie for the team-lead with eight points after his two-point game.
- Senior Andreas Pettersson (Trollhattan, Sweden) made 31 saves over the first 50:21, but suffered just his second loss of the year (5-2-1).
- Senior Tedy Loughborough (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) improved to 5-1-0 on the year after stopping 12 shots in 52:31 of action between the pipes.
- Trinity held a 43-23 advantage in shots and went 2-of-5 on the power play, while Plymouth State was held scoreless through two man-up opportunities.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"We're getting there," said head coach Craig Russell. "We had just two days of practice leading up to this game so it's a difficult game to play in with such a young team and a veteran group on the other side that's battle tested and obviously very good. I liked what I saw from a lot of guys, we've just got to be more consistent."
- Both teams are right back on the ice tomorrow (Jan. 4) night. Plymouth State heads to Castleton for a 7:00 p.m. tilt, while the Bantams host Suffolk at 7:30 p.m.
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