Stolpe pots two goals in loss
HENNIKER, N.H. – Freshman Leo Stolpe (Stockholm, Sweden) scored twice, but New England College tallied five straight goals between the second and third periods to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 7-4 win over Plymouth State University in a non-conference men's ice hockey game at Lee Clement Arena on Tuesday night.
Plymouth State rallied from a two-goal deficit to take a 3-2 lead midway through the second period, but the Pilgrims stormed back with a pair of goals to close the period, then struck three times in the third before a late Panthers' goal accounted for the final score.
Plymouth State drops its third straight game to drop to 5-7-1, while NEC, which was receiving votes in this week's USCHO national poll, improves to 9-4-1.
Plymouth State 4, NEC 7
Plymouth State (5-7-1)
How it Happened.
- NEC went ahead at the 5:31 mark with a short-handed tally from sophomore Connor Inger (Macomb, Mich.) and the Pilgrims doubled the lead two minutes later.
- Stolpe put the Panthers on the board with a slapshot from the top of the left wing circle at 10:56.
- PSU tied the game at 2-2 at the 7:18 mark of the second when some crisp passing led to a goal on a low-angle shot by sophomore Mike McPherson (Somerville, Mass.) and the Panthers pulled in front a minute later on Stolpe's second of the night.
- The lead was short-lived, however, as sophomore Trevor Momot (New Baltimore, Mich.) found the back of the net 53 seconds later and the Pilgrims went back in front with 4:44 left in the period.
- The hosts tallied three straight goals to put the game out of reach in the third period, before sophomore Simon Besner (North Lancaster, Ontario) capped the scoring in the game's final minute.
Inside the Numbers:
- Stolpe's pair of tallies give him five for the year, good enough for second-most on the Panthers.
- Besner also had a multi-point game with a goal and an assist.
- Senior Andreas Pettersson (Trollhattan, Sweden) made 29 saves but dropped to 5-3-1, while senior Anthony Pupplo (Shirley, N.Y.) made 31 stops to move to 9-4-1.
- NEC held a slight 36-35 edge in shots.
- PSU went 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Pilgrims were held scoreless over four man-up opportunities.
- The Panthers return to MASCAC play on Saturday (Jan. 11) when they host Fitchburg State at 6:00 p.m.
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