PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University senior Mike Freitag (Westmont, Ill.) delivered the decisive strike with 3:43 remaining in the third period to lift the Panthers to a 3-2 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) victory over visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this evening at Hanaway Rink.
Plymouth State captured its sixth straight contest to improve to 12-7-3, while the UMass Dartmouth fell to 6-14-2. The Panthers remain atop the conference standings with a 12-2-1 mark, while the Corsairs are fifth with a 5-8-2 mark.
UMass Dartmouth utilized an 18-10 advantage in shots in the second period to erase a two-goal deficit. Freshman Brandon Berkley (Scottsdale, Ariz.) sparked the comeback bid, when he lit the lamp at the 3:45 mark. Classmate Michael Palmer (North Grafton, Mass.) was credited with an assist. The Corsairs converted a power-play opportunity with 88 seconds remaining the stanza to forge 2-all tie. Junior Brandon Gilmore (Quincy, Mass.) tallied his eighth goal of the season, finishing a feed from junior Billy Boudreau (Newburyport, Mass.) and freshman Kyle Zacharewicz (Ludlow, Mass.).
Plymouth State raced out to an early advantage, when junior Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) and sophomore Mike Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill.) each pounced on loose pucks in front of the net. Woody deposited his 10th goal of the season, while Economos added his 12th marker of the campaign six minutes later.
Sophomore JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) made 10 of his 29 saves in the third period, but was saddled with the loss. Junior Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) also made 29 stops for the hosts.
The Panthers held a slight 32-31 advantage in shots.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, when the Corsairs host MASCAC rival Salem State University.