Panthers Claw Past Corsairs, 4-1

Panthers Claw Past Corsairs, 4-1

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University scored a pair of second period goals within an eight minute span to post a 4-1 victory over visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this evening in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) contest at Hanaway Rink.

Freshman Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) paced the Corsair (0-2-2, 0-1-2 MASCAC) attack with the lone marker of the game to forge a 1-all tie just 10 seconds into the second stanza.  Shea, who has registered at least a point in his past three contests, finished a feed from classmate Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland) to convert the visitors' first power play opportunity of the night.

UMass Dartmouth continued to ride its momentum early in the second period as the Corsairs tried to tally the go-ahead marker.  The visitors registered three consecutive shots and drew another extra-man opportunity as the Panthers were whistled for a roughing penalty.  UMass Dartmouth was unable to capitalize on the power-play, but continued to pepper the net with four additional attempts.

Plymouth State was able to withstand the Corsairs' offensive pressure and regained its advantage, when Andrew Wigg netted a power-play goal at the 8:26 mark.  The Panthers extended its lead with under three minutes remaining in the period as Mike Freitag delivered his fourth goal of the season to give the hosts entered the intermission with a 3-1 advantage.

With less than two minutes remaining in regulation, the visitors' gained the offensive advantage by pulling their netminder.  However, Plymouth State sealed the conference contest 33 seconds later, when Ty Griffith added an empy net goal.

Sophomore JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) made 37 saves in 59 minutes, 27 seconds of action, while Gordon Ceasar turned aside 24 attempts to earn the win.

The Panthers held a 38-25 advantage in shots, while converting two of their five power play chances. 

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, when the Corsairs host Salem State University in a MASCAC contest.