Longaker posts three-point game, Abbate scores for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Drake Longaker (Gilroy, Calif.) logged three assists and freshman Myles Abbate (Norwell, Mass.) picked up his team-leading 12th goal of the year as Plymouth State University skated past Framingham State University, 4-1, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Saturday night.
Wearing custom sweaters for the team's annual Salute the Troops game, Plymouth State got on the board in the opening five minutes on a tally by from freshman Leo Stolpe (Stockholm, Sweden). PSU pushed the advantage to 2-0 early in the second, but the Rams countered less than 30 seconds later. Abbate restored the two-goal lead midway through the second and PSU added an insurance goal in the third to secure the win and snap the Panthers' two-game skid.
Prior to the game Plymouth State honored its senior class with a brief on-ice ceremony.
Plymouth State improves to 10-9-2 and 10-3-1 in the MASCAC. PSU retains its one-point lead over Westfield State for the top spot in the conference. The Panthers host Westfield State on Thursday (Feb. 13). Framingham State dips to 2-1-2 and 1-12-1 in MASCAC play.
Plymouth State 4, Framingham State 1
Plymouth State (10-9-2, 10-3-1 MASCAC)
Framingham State (2-17-2, 1-12-1 MASCAC)
How it Happened.
- Plymouth State got out to a quick start when Stolpe found the back of the net on the power play just 4:49 into the first.
- Freshman Kyler Harding (Wilmington, N.C.) doubled the lead when his wrist shot from inside the blue line at the right side got through traffic and inside the far post at 4:49 in the second.
- Framingham State came right back just 27 seconds later when sophomore Trevor Lewandoski (Newbury, Ohio) notched his first career goal.
- PSU restored the two-goal advantage when Abbate converted on a breakaway chance as his shot trickled through freshman goaltender Blake Carlson (Clermont, Fla.) at 9:50.
- The Rams had a golden opportunity when junior Ryan Paul (Morgan, Vt.) came out of the penalty box just as Framingham cleared the puck leading to a 1-on-0 break, but senior goaltender Andreas Pettersson (Trollhattan, Sweden) made a beautiful save to deny him.
- Framingham had another prime chance to cut into the margin in the third as the Rams skated with a 5-on-3 for 1:50, followed by a major penalty on the Panthers, but Pettersson and the PSU penalty-kill unit kept them off the board.
- Sophomore Simon Besner (North Lancaster, Ontario) added some insurance when he took a cross-ice pass from freshman Ted Austin (Sylvania, Ohio) and blasted a shot inside the far post at 7:30 of the third.
Inside the Numbers:
- Abbate leads the team with 12 goals and 19 points.
- Longaker moved into a tie for the team-lead in assists with nine.
- Stolpe and Harding have each scored in the last two games.
- Plymouth State converted 2-of-8 power play chances. The Panthers' penalty kill until was brilliant, holding the Rams off the scoreboard in seven opportunities.
- PSU held a 43-25 advantage in shots.
- Pettersson improved to 9-4-2 after making 24 saves. Carlson stopped 39 shots for the Rams but fell to 1-7-2 on the year.
- Plymouth State welcomes Westfield State to Hanaway Rink in a showdown for the top spot in the MASCAC on Thursday (Feb. 13) at 6:00 p.m.
- Framingham State hosts Worcester State the same day at 7:30 p.m.
|Plymouth State seniors with their families|
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