DeWitt scores twice as Panthers' offense erupts
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Grant DeWitt (Bowling Green, Ohio) tallied a pair of goals as the Plymouth State University offense exploded in a 7-1 win over rival Salem State University in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Saturday night.
It was all Plymouth State in a rematch of last year's MASCAC Tournament championship game during the team's annual Teddy Bear Toss game. DeWitt wasted little time putting the Panthers on the board with a goal just 2:34 into the game, bringing hundreds of teddy bears onto the ice. All bears and donations collected will be donated to the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) for the benefit of families in need during the holiday season.
Salem State came back to even the game less than three minutes later, but freshman Jacob Laurin (Stockholm, Sweden) notched his first career goal on a PSU power play midway through the period and that would prove to be the game winner, as the Panthers continued to tack on from there.
During the first intermission, Plymouth State presented Tyler Carson, part of the Panthers through the Team IMPACT program, with a MASCAC Championship ring to commemorate the team's 2018-19 championship.
Plymouth State improves to 5-1-0 in the MASCAC and 5-4-1 overall, while Salem State drops to 2-5-2 and 2-4-0 in league play.
Plymouth State 7, Salem State 1
Plymouth State (5-4-1, 5-1-0 MASCAC)
Salem State (2-5-2, 2-4-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened.
- DeWitt got the scoring started early with his first of the year at the 2:34 mark, but sophomore Billy McGwin (Rochester, N.Y.) had the answer for the Vikings just 2:38 later as Salem State cashed in on its first power play chance.
- Laurin picked up his first career score with a power play tally at 11:28 and freshman Myles Abbate (Norwell, Mass.) added his team-leading fifth of the year 1:29 later to make it 3-1 heading into the first intermission.
- The Panthers continued to pile on in the middle stanza as sophomore Mike McPherson (Somerville, Mass.) and senior Victor Bergstrom (Angelholm, Sweden) each notched their first scores of the year around DeWitt's second of the night. DeWitt's goal came on a delayed penalty, while Bergstrom scored 20 seconds later with PSU on a 5-on-3.
- Junior Jake Gerbner (Havertown, Pa.) picked up his second of the season when he redirected a shot from sophomore Jarrett Slear (West Chester, Pa.) 3:25 into the final stanza.
Inside the Numbers:
- McPherson added a pair of assists to his line for a three-point game, while DeWitt, Bergstrom, Laurin, Slear and sophomore Simon Besner (North Lancaster, Ontario) all posted two points.
- Senior Andreas Pettersson (Trollhattan, Sweden) made 17 saves to run his record to 5-1-1 for the Panthers.
- Senior Sean Cleary (Barnstable, Mass.) made 20 saves but allowed six goals in the first 27:23 for Salem, dropping to 2-5-2, before giving way to sophomore Joona Sato-Hunsula (Turku, Finland), who turned aside 19 shots over the final 32:37.
- After struggling on the power play early in the season, PSU went 3-for-7 with the man advantage. Salem State finished 1-for-4.
- PSU held a 46-18 advantage in shots and limited the Vikings to just seven shots over the final two periods.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"I thought we controlled the game and really focused on winning wall battles and moving with speed through the middle of the ice," said head coach Craig Russell. "We were able to generate a lot of traffic around the net, which has been lacking for us lately. That created some traffic for Salem to have to manage and fortunately we were able to capitalize on some rebounds."
- Plymouth State is off until Jan. 3 when it hosts Trinity for a non-conference battle.
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