Hockey Falls 5-1 To Plymouth State

Freshman defenseman Steve Ginand
Freshman defenseman Steve Ginand

NEW BEDFORD, MA –The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team dropped their first conference game of the season falling 5-1 to visiting Plymouth State in a Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference match at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Thursday evening.

After killing 11 straight penalties heading into the contest the Corsairs allowed three power play goals as the Panthers won their fourth conference game of the season.

The Panthers didn't wast anytime getting on the board as senior defenseman Richie Zobak (Evergreen Park, IL/Baystate Breakers) opened scoring just 32 seconds into play as he finished in the top corner off a nice drop pass by junior forward Travis Stevens (Montcliar, CA/Topeka Roadrunners).

Five and a half minutes later sophomore forward Michael Freitag (Westmont, IL/Valley Jr. Warriors) scored the eventual game-winner for PSU on the power play converting a pass from freshman forward Josh Woody (Sunderland,MD/Valley Jr. Warriors). Several minutes later freshman forward Swann Boisvert (Blainville,QC/Pembroke Lumber Kings-CJHL) put the Corsairs on the board when he scored with each team a man short off a pass from sophomore defender Steve Ginand (Milford, MA/Northern Cyclones-AtJHL).

The Panthers answered back on the power play minutes later when senior forward Alex Cottle (West Chester, PA/Philadelphia Jr. Flyers) finished a pass fronm senior forward Kyle Greco (Hillside,IL/St. Louis Bandits).

In the second period the Panthers added a pair of goals to stretch their lead to 5-1 as Stevens and freshman forward Zach Fox (Sandown,NH/New England Wolves) found the back of the net.

The two sqauds wrapped up the game with a scoreless third period.

"Tonight, we saw a Plymouth State team that played like the defending conference champions," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "They were quicker to the puck then us tonight and they won the one-on-one battles. They scored three power play goals and we ended up tipping one in for them and that was the difference in the game. We had power play opportunities and we didn't capitalize and they did."

The Panthers outshot the Corsairs, 45-40. Senior goaltender Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL) made 29 saves through two periods for the Corsairs, while junior Ben Vandervies made 11 in the third. Senior Jack Astedt (Angelholn, Sweden/Rogle BK) made 39 stops fro the Panthers.

UMass Dartmouth fell to 4-2-2 and 3-1-1 in the MASCAC with the loss, while Plymouth State improved to 6-1-0 and 4-1-0 in the MASCAC with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Framingham State Saturday evening. Plymouth State will host Fitchburg State Saturday.