NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth struck for early momentum in just 47 seconds of regulation, but that lasted only one period as Plymouth State targeted the net for three unanswered goals in the second period en route to a 6-2 decision Thursday at Hetland Arena.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 2, Plymouth St. 6
Records: UMass Dartmouth 9-11-2, 6-7-2 MASCAC | Plymouth St. 17-4-1, 13-2 MASCAC
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth deposited its quickest goal of the year just 47 seconds into regulation when senior Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) deflected the shot from the point by classmate Jerry Laakso (Tempere, Finland) to pick up his eighth goal of the season.
Midway through the second period the Panthers offense began to surge, leveling the score, and taking the lead in just a two-minute span off of markers from freshmen Peter Laviolette and Hunter Grunski (Goffstown, N.H.).
Plymouth State notched a pair more to make it four straight, but with 16:15 remaining in regulation, the Corsairs responded as Brendan McDonough (Wilmington, Mass.) converted his third goal in the last four games, beating the opposing keeper in unassisted fashion to reduce the gap, 4-2.
The top-ranked Panthers, like it had done throughout the game, controlled the forecheck and continued applying offensive pressure, closing the time on the clock with two more goals to pave way for the 6-2 road-victory.
Inside the Numbers
- The last time the Corsairs scored a goal in the opening minute of regulation came November 18 in a 7-2 upending of Framingham St.
- Shea's goal in the first period improved his career-performance against Plymouth State, now giving him six goals and nine assists in 12 games played against the Panthers.
- Laakso's assist on the opening goal marked his 23rd on the season, increasing his standing as the MASCAC's top-offensive defenseman with 29 points on the year.
- After logging a point in every game previously, Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) was held scoreless for just his second game in 2017-18.
- Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) turned away 24 of the 29 shots faced in a complete game performance in net while Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) improved his record to 14-2 with 26 saves.
The Corsairs honor seven seniors before to the game on February 10, as the 4:30 meeting with Westfield State serves as senior day and the final home game of the regular season. Plymouth St. hosts Salem State on the same day at 6:00 pm in a battle for the top-seed in the upcoming MASCAC playoffs.