Panthers Claw Past Corsairs, 2-1

Panthers Claw Past Corsairs, 2-1

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The UMass Dartmouth hockey team was edged by Plymouth State University 2-1 in a closely-contested Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference contest this afternoon at Hetland Arena.  The Corsairs slipped to 2-4 on the season and 2-2 in the conference circuit, while the Panthers improved to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in league play.    

Freshman Marcus Seidl (Stockholm, Sweden) capped Plymouth State's two-goal second period with the decisive marker at 18:24.  Senior Andreas Pettersson (Trollhattan, Sweden) made the lead stand up with 33 total saves, including 20 in the middle period.

Freshman Michael Perrone (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) scored for UMass Dartmouth and sophomore Chris Stangarone (White Plains, N.Y.) stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced.

The Corsairs took advantage of their first power-play opportunity just 1:42 into the contest.  Senior Steven Leonard (Rockaway Park, N.J.) sent a diagonal pass from the goal line to Perrone in the slot. Perrone snuck his fourth goal of the campaign inside the near post.  The ice was tilted in the Panthers' favor for the remainder of the period as the visitors held a 14-3 lead in shots, but Plymouth State was unable to solve Stangarone, who made three acrobatic stops to maintain the advantage.

UMass Dartmouth started to dictate the play in the second period, outshooting the Panthers 20-8 in the frame.  However, the visitors forged a 1-1 tie midway through the period when JR Barone (West Chester, Pa.) converted a power-play opportunity.  Freshman Myles Abbate (Norwell, Mass.) and senior Victor Bergstrom (Angelholm, Sweden) were credited assists.  Both teams appeared to be heading to the locker room tied at 1, but Plymouth State broke out of its zone with a cross-ice pass to Seidl.  He unleashed a slap shot from the blue line and the eventual game-winner trickled through Stangarone's five-hole.

The Corsairs opened the third period with a 5-on-3 power play for 95 seconds, but were unable to net the equalizer.  UMass Dartmouth was whistled for five infractions over the final eight minutes, which mitigated any opportunity to apply pressure on the offensive end.

UMass Dartmouth had a slight advantage in shots, 34-31.  The Corsairs went 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Panthers went 1-for-8.  

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7:20pm on Monday, Nov. 25, when the Corsairs host Saint Anslem at Hetland Arena.  Plymouth State will compete in the Utica Thanksgiving Tournament when the Panthers play the host Pioneers at 7pm on Friday, Nov. 29.