Barillaro scores twice as Panthers lock up regular season title, top seed
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Junior Brandon Barillaro (Alexandria, Ontario) scored twice in the opening three minutes and Plymouth State University held on for a 3-1 win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey game at Hetland Arena on Thursday night.
With the win Plymouth State improves to 13-9-2 and 13-3-1 in the MASCAC and guarantees itself of at least a share of a fourth straight regular season title. Additionally, PSU claims the top seed for the MASCAC Tournament for the fourth year in a row.
UMass Dartmouth drops to 10-11-2 and 9-6-1 in league play.
Plymouth State 3, UMass Dartmouth 1
Plymouth State (13-9-2, 13-3-1 MASCAC)
UMass Dartmouth (10-11-2, 9-6-1 MASCAC)
How it Happened.
- Barillaro picked up his third of the year at the 1:56 mark of the opening period, then scored again just 18 seconds later as PSU raced out to an early lead.
- The Corsairs got on the board 2:07 into the second as senior Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) found the back of the net.
- Sophomore Mike McPherson (Somerville, Mass.) countered for the Panthers ten minutes later to give Plymouth State a 3-1 lead and neither team would light the lamp in the third period.
Inside the Numbers:
- Barillaro doubled his season total with his two-goal effort.
- Junior Brett Backman (Cos Cob, Conn.) picked up a pair of assists, while classmate Jake Gerbner (Havertown, Pa.) tallied his fifth point over the last three games.
- Freshmen Myles Abbate (Norwell, Mass.) and Lukas Holmqvist (Floda, Sweden) were also credited with assists. Abbate leads the team with 23 points on the year.
- Senior Andreas Pettersson (Trollhattan, Sweden) made 33 saves to improve to 12-4-2 for the Panthers.
- Sophomore Chris Stangarone (White Plains, N.Y.) made 13 saves in the opening period for the Corsairs before giving way to freshman Daniel Davison (Surrey, British Columbia), who stopped 22 shots over the final 40 minutes. Stangarone took the loss to fall to 7-7-0.
- The Panthers have won four-straight regular season titles and eight in the 11 years since joining the MASCAC for the 2009-10 season.
- By securing the top seed the Panthers will receive a first-round bye and host a semifinal game on March 3.
- Plymouth State wraps up the regular season at home against Salem State on Tuesday (Feb. 25). Puck-drop is set for 6:00 p.m.
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