PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A balanced attack coupled with a 3-0 start lifted host Plymouth State to its eighth-straight MASCAC win, as the Panthers defeated the visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 7-2 at Hannaford Rink on Monday evening.
Score: Plymouth State 7, UMass Dartmouth 2
Records: Plymouth State (12-3-1, 8-1-0 MASCAC) | UMass Dartmouth (7-8-1, 4-4-1 MASCAC)
How it Happened
Junior Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) was responsible for both UMass Dartmouth goals, both coming in the final stanza.
Plymouth State saw 14 players tally points in the late offensive flurry, including a pair of points apiece from Jake Grebner (Havertown, Pa.) and Brett Backman (Cos Cob, Conn.).
Using 14 saves from senior goalkeeper Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.), the Corsairs were able to survive being outshot 14-4 in the first period and hold a blank scoresheet heading into the second frame. Out of the break, it took just three minutes for the Panthers to collect the host's first and only lead with a goal from junior Matt Volonnino (Hackettstown, N.J.).
Plymouth State would extend the lead to 3-0 to close the second period, adding scores by Ludvig Steenberg (Stockholm, Sweden) and Grebner, but moments into the final frame Ruiz would put the Corsairs on the board on the assist from sophomore Jeff Kirkwood (Ithaca, N.Y.).
In the next four minutes, the Panthers quickly extended the margin to put the contest out of reach. Peter Laviolette (Nashville, Tenn.) found the cage in the fourth minute and Hunter Gunski (Goffstown, N.H.) in the sixth before Ruiz converted on a power-play chance, making the score 5-2 with the assist from senior Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.)
The deficit proved to be too much for the visitors, as the Panthers collected their third and fourth goals of the third period to hold off any comeback attempt.
Inside the Numbers
- A two-goal outing now sits Ruiz alone atop the MASCAC rankings with 24 points on the season as the junior posted his third multi-goal game of the season.
- Plymouth State ultimately outshot the Corsairs just 36-27 on the contest, but managed four goals off just nine shots in the final period.
- Michals finished with 27 stops in two periods of action before junior Tommy Bay (Duluth, Ga.) entered to make two stops in the third.
- Panther goalkeeper Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) registered 25 saves in a full game of action.
UMass Dartmouth remains on the road Thursday, looking for its second win over Westfield State this season with puck drop slated for 7:35 p.m. at Amelia Park Ice Arena.