NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – In a chippy affair that saw nearly 100 penalty minutes, Plymouth State overwhelmed the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth ice hockey team with a 7-1 defeat in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) competition Saturday at Hetland Arena.
Score: Plymouth State 7, UMass Dartmouth 1
Records: Plymouth State (4-1-0, 2-1-0 MASCAC) | UMass Dartmouth (1-3-1, 1-1-1 MASCAC)
How it Happened
It took just 17 minutes for the Panthers to build a 4-0 lead through the first period. Ludvig Steenberg (Stockholm, Sweden) put the visitors on the board in the third minute of play, before Marc Happy (Steling, Mass.) netted the eventual game-winner at 7:44.
Panther freshman JR Barone (West Chester, Pa.) then extended the lead to put his squad in further control. He first rifled a slapshot past UMass Dartmouth goalkeeper Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) before slapping an errant puck from above the net behind the sightline of Michals, tipping into the cage.
Following the first intermission, Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Texas) upped the Plymouth State lead to a commanding 5-0 with the first goal of the second period. UMass Dartmouth finally broke the shutout five minutes later, when junior Connor Court (Swansea, Ill.) redirected the fast-break look from Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) for the Corsairs' first shorthanded tally of the season.
Before the final buzzer, Plymouth State added two more goals to their total, including the first collegiate goal for Peter Laviolette (Nashville, Tenn.)
Inside the Numbers
- Michals made 15 saves in the first period of play before junior Tommy Bay (Duluth, Ga.) saw his first minutes of the season, closing the contest with 15 stops.
- Plymouth State goalkeeper Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) turned aside 34 shots, including 18 in the third period alone.
- After seeing a 29-17 shot deficit through the first two periods, UMass Dartmouth rebounded to outshoot the Panthers 18-8 in the third.
- Plymouth State extends its win streak over the Corsairs to eight games dating back to 2015.
UMass Dartmouth remains home next Thursday, hosting Westfield State at Hetland Arena for a 7:30 p.m. start. Plymouth State will host Salem State on the same day starting at 6 p.m.