Gerbner pots game-tying goal in final minutes
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Jake Gerbner (Havertown, Pa.) notched the game-tying goal with just 1:32 left in regulation as Plymouth State University rallied to tie Salem State University, 2-2, in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey regular season finale at Hanaway Rink on Tuesday night.
Plymouth State wraps up the regular season with a 13-9-3 mark, while going 13-3-2 in MASCAC play. The Panthers claim the regular season title and top seed for the upcoming MASCAC Tournament and will receive a bye into the semifinal round next Tuesday (Mar. 3). Salem State moves to 4-14-7 and 4-9-5 in league play. The Vikings earn the five seed for the tournament and will visit fourth-seeded Westfield State for a first-round match-up on Saturday (Feb. 29).
Plymouth State 2, Salem State 2 (OT)
Plymouth State (13-9-3, 13-3-2 MASCAC)
Salem State (4-14-7, 4-9-5 MASCAC)
How it Happened.
- Plymouth State took a first period lead when the puck ricocheted off the end boards to sophomore Mike McPherson (Somerville, Mass.), who backhanded it into the net at the 5:09 mark.
- Salem State pulled even less than four minutes later on a controversial goal. Senior goaltender Andreas Pettersson (Trollhattan, Sweden) made the initial stop of freshman Cam Ryan's (Arlington, Mass.) shot, but the puck was loose and Ryan, who had fallen to the ice, pushed both the puck and Pettersson into the net to tie the game.
- The score would remain deadlocked until late in the third period.
- The Vikings went ahead with just 2:06 to play when freshman Michael Shippee (Seattle, Wash.) converted a one-timer to the back post on a pass through the slot during a 3-on-2 break.
- Plymouth State took a timeout and Pettersson came off to give the Panthers an extra skater and Gerbner squared the game at 2-2 on a one-timer from his knees with 1:32 left in regulation.
- Neither team was able to break through in the extra frame.
Inside the Numbers:
- Gerbner's goal was his ninth goal of the year and fifth in the last four games.
- Juniors JR Barone (West Chester, Pa.) and Brett Backman (Cos Cob, Conn.) each tallied an assist. The duo leads the Panthers with 14 and 13 helpers on the season.
- Pettersson made 21 saves to move to 12-4-3, while senior Sean Cleary (Barnstable, Mass.) stopped 43 shots to move to 4-12-7.
- PSU held a 45-23 advantage in shots.
- Neither team was able to score on the power play. PSU went 0-for-4, while the Vikings were 0-for-3.
- As the top seed for the MASCAC Tournament, Plymouth State earns a bye into the semifinal round. The Panthers will host the winner of fourth-seeded Westfield State and fifth-seeded Salem State on Tuesday (Mar. 3) at 7:00 p.m.
- The Vikings' first-round game is set for Saturday (Feb. 29) at 5:35 p.m.
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