Michals Stops 47 as Ice Hockey Falls at Plymouth State

Michals Stops 47 as Ice Hockey Falls at Plymouth State

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth fell to MASCAC leader Plymouth State 4-2 Saturday evening as seven different Panthers registered at least a point at Hanaway Rink. 

UMass Dartmouth goalkeeper Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) turned in yet another solid performance between the pipes for the Corsairs, making 47 saves including 16 apiece in the first two periods. 

The Corsairs fall to 6-11-3 and 5-7-2 in conference action, while the Panthers improve to 16-3-1 and go to 11-1-1 in MASCAC play. 

Junior Ian McGilvrey (Omaha, Neb.) got the scoring started on the evening, as he beat Michals for his fifth goal of the season just seven minutes into the game. The Panthers would then strike twice in the second, beginning when junior Matt Vermillion (South Lyon, Mich.) scored his first goal on the season set up by a McGilvrey pass.

Sophomore Caleb O'Brien (Saginaw, Mich.) potted what would be the game-winning goal with 2:03 remaining in the second period.

UMass Dartmouth got on the board in the final stanza, when freshman Kris Holmes (Newburyport, Mass.) notched his first collegiate goal with 6:08 remaining in the to snap Panther goalie Gordon Ceasar's (Oak Park, Calif.) shutout attempt. 

Junior Michael Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill.) put the fourth goal of the game for the Panthers, burying the score during a UMass Dartmouth power play for the shorthanded goal. 

The Corsairs would strike once more with only ten seconds remaining, as junior Matt Baldino (Woburn, Mass.) took a pass from sophomore Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) and junior Mike Kelly (Stoneham, Mass.) and beat Ceasar to bring the final margin to two goals. With the assist, Shea extends his point streak to nine games. 

Ceasar made 18 saves, including 11 in the third period, to up his record to a league-best 10-1-0 on the season. Neither team converted on seven possible man advantage chances. 

The Corsairs will be back in action when they travel to Stonehill for their last non-conference tilt on Tuesday at 7 p.m.