BOSTON, Mass. - Senior Kyle McKay (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored with 1:38 remaining in regulation to snap a 3-all tie and his Plymouth State University teammates successfully killed off a man-down situation over the final 25 seconds Tuesday evening to hang on for a 4-3 win over Wentworth in a non-conference contest played under less than ideal weather conditions at Sweeney Field.
With the remnants of this past weekend's storm producing a heavy drizzle and winds gusting as high at 40 miles per hour, neither team could get the upper hand early in the contest, as evidenced by Plymouth State's slim, 6-5 shot advantage in a scoreless first period.
The Panthers would eventually strike first when junior Tony Aguiar (Northborough, Mass.) tallied with 9:17 remaining in the half. Wentworth tied the score with 5:31 left when junior defender Kyle Beck (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) fed classmate Chris Landry (Chelmsford, Mass.) for his fifth of the season.
Sophomore Dan Maiorana (Walpole, Mass.) found sophomore Jordan Buzzell (Bath, Maine) with 7:48 left in the third period to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead, but the Leopards responded with a goal from sophomore Chris Wesche (Holden, Mass.), from junior Adam Keniston (Plainville, Mass.) with 3:08 left in the third.
The game remained deadlocked at two until Maiorana scored his first of the season, on a pass from junior Adam Krinsky (Concord, N.H.) with 6:50 left in the final period. However, Wentworth would even the score at three with 2:15 left when Wesche found freshman Mike Mercurio (Pepperell, Mass.) for his first collegiate goal.
Fifty-three seconds later, Maiorana would notch his second helper of the evening when he fed McKay, who buried a shot from close range, and gave Plymouth State a 4-3 lead.
Trailing by one with time running down, the Leopards were able to draw a penalty with 25 ticks left, giving them a man advantage in the Panther zone. Wentworth had a pair of chances during this time, with the first shot going wide, and the second, coming with seven seconds left, being turned away by senior netminder Steve Valeri (Chelmsford, Mass.), who ran out the clock after making the save.
Valeri made 19 saves on the evening, including seven in the fourth quarter. Wentworth junior Nick Murphy (Cohasset, Mass.) made 16 stops for the Leopards. Plymouth State held a 30-27 shot advantage and collected 39 ground balls, compared to the Leopards' 18. The Leopards won the face-off battle, 6-5.
Plymouth State snapped a two-game losing streak to even its record at 5-5 and travels to Nichols Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. Wentworth, which sees its losing streak extended to five, falls to 3-5 and hosts cross-town rival UMass Boston Thursday at the same time.
(Courtesy of Wentworth Sports Information)
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