NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Despite a pair of goals by junior Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.), Plymouth State found the net on three occasions in the first period, building a lasting lead over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a 6-3 win at Hetland Arena on Saturday.
Score: Plymouth State 6, UMass Dartmouth 3
Records: Plymouth State: (13-5-2, 11-1-1 MASCAC) | UMass Dartmouth: (12-8-0, 8-6-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened
Plymouth State took full advantage of the opening 20 minutes, striking early and often. Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Tex.) found the back of the net just 33 seconds from the opening puck drop. The momentum was in full tilt in favor of the Panthers as they struck twice more before the end of the period, outshooting the Corsairs 17-6.
Sones claimed a goal back in the opening seconds in the middle period, as he sniped the two-on-one one shot above the glove of Thierry Messervier (Montreal, Que.)to make it 3-1. After Michael Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill.) scored to make it 4-1 in favor of the Panthers, UMass Dartmouth junior Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland) cut the deficit back down to two midway through the frame, but Dan Dupell (Collegeville, Pa.) kept the game weighted in Plymouth State's favor with a power play score before the close of the period.
Plymouth State again found the net just moments into the third for its final goal of the game. UMass Dartmouth would cut its deficit to three on a power play with just five seconds left in the contest, when Sones received the pass from Laakso and Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) and fired a one-timer into the back of the cage.
Inside the Numbers
- Junior Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) made 27 saves in 40:45 of ice time for UMass Dartmouth, before Tommy Bay (Duluth, Ga.) stopped nine Panther shots in relief.
- Messervier totaled 40 saves in the full 60 minutes of action for Plymouth STate
- With an assist on Saturday, Shea now leads the MASCAC in three separate categories, including points (32), assists (22), and power-play points (14).
- The Corsairs continue to struggle when they allow the first goal. UMass Dartmouth is now 3-6-0 when yielding the opening score, but are 9-2-0 when striking first.
- Plymouth State continues to have the Corsairs' number as of late; the Panthers have now claimed the last seven match-ups with UMass Dartmouth, dating back to Feb. 12, 2015. UMass Dartmouth's last victory came on Jan. 17, 2015 by an 8-2 score.
UMass Dartmouth looks to right the ship as they host Stonehill on Tuesday, starting at 7:30 p.m. Plymouth State returns to Hanaway Rink as it hosts Salem State on Thursday with puck drop scheduled for 6 p.m.