Fitchburg, Mass. – The Fitchburg State ice hockey team fell to the Panthers of Plymouth State University, 4-1 this evening in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action at the Wallace Civic Center.
Score: Fitchburg State 1, Plymouth State 4
Records: Fitchburg State (1-1, 0-1 MASCAC) | Plymouth State (1-1, 1-0 MASCAC)
How It Happened
Plymouth State grabbed a 1-0 lead just 3:36 into the contest as junior Peter Laviolette (Brentwood, Tenn.) tallied the first goal of the season for the Panthers. The Falcons answered just 33 ticks later when senior Joshua Suboyu (Bradley Beach, NJ) buried a shot into the back of the net. Freshman Rece Bergeman (Newark, Del.) and sophomore Ryan Murphy (Wayzata, Minn.) added helpers on the score. The Panthers broke the deadlock at 5:01 when freshman Myles Abbate (Norwell, Mass.) collected a rebound in front of the net for his first collegiate tally.
Freshman Marcus Seidl (Stockholm, Sweden) gave Plymouth a 3-1 lead, with a shorthanded score, after two frames. And junior Brett Backman (Cos Cob, Conn.) pushed the lead to 4-1 at 12:44 of the third period for the final score. Juniors Brandon Barillaro (Alexandria, Ontario) and Jake Gerbner (Havertown, Penn.) had the assists on the goal.
By the Numbers
- Plymouth State held a 37-34 margin in shots
- Fitchburg State finished 0-for-3 with the man advantage, while Plymouth State was 0-for-7 on the power-play
- Junior Brian McGrath (Worcester, Mass.) stopped 30 shots for the Falcons
- Senior Andreas Pettersson (Trollhattan, Sweden) posted 33 saves for the Panthers
Falcons travel to Anna Maria on Saturday, for a non-conference matchup with the AMCATS, starting at 5:40 PM. Panthers will host Framingham State University next Thursday at 6:00 PM.