Framingham, Mass. - The Plymouth State men's ice hockey team skated to a 3-0 victory over the Framingham State University Rams Saturday evening at Loring Arena. With the win the Panthers improve to 14-5-2 and 12-1-1 in the MASCAC. The Rams are now 2-20 and 1-14 in league play.
The Panthers broke through for the game's first goal a little over halfway through the first frame when Caleb O'Brien (Saginaw, MI) buried a one-time pass from Tim Larocque (Middleboro, Mass.) with Cam Cundy (Portsmouth, NH) also assisting.
The visitors doubled their lead early in the second frame when Chris Zuccaro (Hudson, NH) scored on a short-handed breakaway with a helper from Tord Thoresen (Oppegard, Norway).
The Rams had a chance to cut the margin in half with just over seven minutes to play in regulation when Tyler Colacchio (Bellingham, Mass.) had a breakaway attempt but the Panthers goalie made a great sprawling stop to keep the Rams scoreless.
The Panthers once again found the back of the net with less than five minutes to play in regulation when Riley Flanagan (Weymouth, Mass.) deflected a long strike in front from Larocque with Tomy Dowell (Olathe, KS) also assisting.
Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) made 22 saves in the win for the Panthers. Greg Harney (East Haven, Conn.) made an impressive 65 stops for the Rams.
Plymouth outshot the Rams 68-to-22. Both teams were unable to covert on the man-advantage but the Panthers did tally a score shorthanded.
The Rams return to the ice on Thursday, February 16th when they host Westfield State in MASCAC action. The Panthers play Tuesday, Feb. 14th when they host Salem State.