PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A fast start for the Panthers proved too much as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth ice hockey team's five game-winning streak ended with a 5-1 loss to Plymouth State at Hanaway Rink on Thursday night.
Score: Plymouth State 5, UMass Dartmouth 1
Records: Plymouth State (8-5-1, 6-1-0 MASCAC) | UMass Dartmouth (8-5-0, 5-3-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened
Plymouth State struck twice in the first period, as both Tim Perron (Northborough, Mass.) and Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Texas) scored to give the Panthers the early 2-0 lead. Between the two goals, the Corsairs were able to kill off a five-minute major penalty, with sophomore Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) nearly scoring short-handed after forcing a turnover on a breakaway.
The Panthers extended the lead to three just under two minutes into the middle period. Michael Covach (Shillington, Pa.) wristed the shot just under Corsair goalkeeper Drew Michals' (Newton, Mass.) glove. Halfway through the period, senior Tanner Zacharewicz (Ludlow, Mass.) got the Corsairs on the board by stealing the pass and sneaking the shot past the near post.
With under five minutes left, Michael Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill.) was able to bury the loose puck past Michals to up Plymouth State's lead to three goals. A little over a minute later, Dan Dupell (Collegeville, Pa.) corralled the rebound and scored top shelf to stretch the game to its final margin.
Inside the Numbers
- With the win, Plymouth State now owns sole possession of first place in the MASCAC league standings as the Corsairs entered the game tied with the Panthers.
- Michals made 19 stops between the pipes for the Corsairs, as Thursday is the first time the junior has not registered 20-plus saves while playing the full 60 minutes on his career.
- Plymouth State's Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) tied a season-high with 36 stops and is now unbeaten in the last five games.
- For the third-straight game, the Corsairs outshot their opponent, this time holding 37-24 advantage.
- After a slow first period, UMass Dartmouth fired 30 shots compared to just 15 for Plymouth State.
- In his second game in a Corsairs uniform, Ruiz registered a game-high eight shots.
- With another power play goal on Thursday, the Corsairs lead the MASCAC in conference competition with a 27.3 power play percentage on the season.
The Corsairs will return home as they continue their MASCAC schedule and host Westfield State on Saturday afternoon. Puck drop is scheduled for 4 p.m at Hetland Arena.