NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Sophomore John Woody recorded a hat trick to lift Plymouth State University over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's ice hockey team in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play this evening at the Hetland Arena, 5-2.
The Panthers (10-10-2) hold sole possession of third place in the conference with an 8-5-2 record, while the Corsairs (5-16-2) drop to 5-11-0 against MASCAC opponents.
Woody logged two scores in the middle period and took advantage of an empty UMass Dartmouth net in the third to cap his hat trick. During a power play opportunity with 7 minutes and 19 seconds elapsed in the second, Panther forward Ian McGilvery found Woody on the right wing to tie the game at one goal apiece. In four-on-four action, Woody managed to beat the Corsair goaltender for his second mark of the contest when he received a feed from teammate Zach Sarig. With seconds remaining in regulation, Woody gave the visitors a 5-2 advantage as he found the back of an empty net for his third score of the game.
After a scoreless opening period, UMass Dartmouth put the first goal on the board when John Sartell (Wakefield, Mass.) fired a one-timer from the left wing off a pass from Shaun Walters (Plymouth, Mich.). After Woody dead locked the game (1-1), McGilvery connected with Chad Barthlelmess to give Plymouth the 2-1 advantage. The Corsairs answered back at the 10:49 mark when Mike Restuccia (Malden, Mass.) put home a loose rebound for his tenth goal of the season.
With a 3-2 advantage, McGilvrey followed up a shot by teammate Thord Thoresen to push the Panther lead to two scores with 10 minutes and 15 seconds left in the third.
Gordon Ceasar turned away 25 shots to earn his sixth victory for the Panthers, while JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) stopped 28 attempts.
Plymouth State held the advantage in shots on goals (33-27), while UMass Dartmouth converted more power play opportunities (2-1).
The Corsairs return to MASCAC action on Thursday, Feb 20, when they travel to Westfield State for a 7:35 p.m. contest.