NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – For the second-straight home contest, UMass Dartmouth ice hockey team battled to overtime, but came up on the short end Thursday night as Plymouth State's Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Texas) netted the game-winning goal with just under two minutes remaining in extra minutes.
Score: Plymouth State 5, UMass Dartmouth 4 (OT)
Records: Plymouth State (2-2-0, 1-0-0 MASCAC) | UMass Dartmouth (1-2-0, 1-1-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened
A scoreless first period gave way to an equally-matched second, with the Corsairs doubling their shot totals and converting twice. Senior captain Matt Baldino (Woburn, Mass.) put UMass Dartmouth on the board first, scoring off assists from Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) and Mike Kelly (Stoneham, Mass.) on the Corsairs' first power-play opportunity.
Plymouth State tied the score four minutes later, but junior Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) gave the hosts the advantage again when he stole a Panther pass and skated it back the other direction, beating goalkeeper Thierry Messervier (Chambly, Que.) for an unassisted tally.
The Panthers took their first lead of the night with consecutive goals, gathering the 3-2 advantage when Erik Strom (Gothenburg, Sweden) opened the third period with a power-play goal. Baldino was there again minutes later to tie yet again on another UMass Dartmouth extra-man opportunity, but the back-and-forth affair continued when Plymouth State's Stevens converted a breakaway for a shorthanded goal with four minutes left.
Just 15 seconds later off the restart faceoff, Shea would even the score yet again, scoring off passes from junior Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland) and Kelly, forcing extra minutes. Plymouth State commanded the overtime period, firing four shots and holding the Corsairs to none until Stevens found the back of the net with 1:54 left.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs converted on half of their power play chances on the evening (3-for-6), while Plymouth State found the net on just one of seven chances.
- Through two conference games, UMass Dartmouth has killed 13 of its opponents' 17 power play chances, while scoring on six of its 14 opportunities.
- Baldino registered the second multi-goal game of his career, both against Plymouth State. Tonight he matched the two-goal outing he posted against the Panthers on Jan. 17, 2015.
- Goalkeeper Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) surpassed the 30-save mark for the third-consecutive game, this time registering 33 stops including 13 in the third period.
- Messervier needed to make just 15 saves for his second decision of the season.
UMass Dartmouth is on the road to continue MASCAC play on Saturday, visiting Westfield State for a 5:35 p.m. puck drop. The Panthers will host Salem State at 6 p.m. on the same evening.