PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's ice hockey team was unable to solve Plymouth State University sophomore goalie Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) this evening, falling to the Panthers 3-0 in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) contest at Hanaway Rink.
Ceasar stopped each of the 25 shots he faced, backstopping Plymouth State (7-9, 5-4 MASCAC) to its second straight victory. He helped the Panthers kill off all seven Corsair power-play opportunites, making 10 saves in the first period, eight in the second and seven in the third. A recent transfer from Utica College, Ceasar posted his first career shutout in eight games.
Plymouth State finished with a 40-25 shot advantage in the game. Freshman goalie JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) made 37 saves to keep the UMass Dartmouth (3-10-2, 3-6) in the game until the very end.
Sophomore Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) scored the only goal the Panthers would need at 7:44 of the first period. Solloway made a stop on Panther junior Mike Freitag (Westmont, Ill.) but Woody was on the left doorstep and pounded home his seventh goal of the season.
The Corsairs had a couple of chances to tie the game. Freshman Kevin Sheehan (Rockland, Mass.) skated in on a breakaway less than a minute after Woody's goal, but was denied by Ceasar. Senior Dmitry Antipin (Novosibirsk, Russia) snapped a shot from the left circle in the first minute of the third period that looked like it may have gone in but was ruled to have hit the crossbar and was disallowed.
It was still a 1-0 game late in the third period when freshman Mike Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill.) gave the Panthers some insurance, skating across the crease and scoring his sixth goal of the season on a power play with 4:02 remaining. Junior Chad Barthelmess (Norristown, Pa.) finished off the scoring with an empty net goal in the final minute.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, when the Corsairs host MASCAC rival Salem State University at Hetland Arena.
(Contributions from Plymouth State University sports information)