Plymouth State Scores 9 Unanswered to Down Clark

Worcester, Mass. Plymouth State scored nine unanswered goals spanning the second and third periods and the visiting Panthers won their fourth game in a row, rallying to knock off Clark, 15-10, in non-league action on Wednesday evening.

With the win PSU improves to an impressive 6-1, while Clark sees its record dip to 6-4.

Down 2-0 after the first period, the Cougars scored the first four goals of the second frame from four different players Keegan Callahan (Tewksbury, Mass.), Jeffrey Wasson (Buckhorn, Ontario), Rob Holden (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Peter Christiansen (Seattle, Wash.) to take a 4-2 lead.

That edge ballooned to 6-3 following two more markers from Holden on assists from Wasson and Sean Droogan (Fitchburg, Mass.).

However, for the second consecutive season, these two teams played a game that featured heavy downpours and as was the case in 2012, when the rains came, so did the Plymouth State offense.

The Panthers scored the final three goals of the second quarter, getting two from Brett Miller (Windham, N.H.) and another from Mike Ventura (Columbia, N.J.) to swing the momentum in Plymouth State's direction heading into the locker room.

PSU owned the third period, outscoring Clark 6-0, with six different players getting in on the act, including Miller, Zack Frank (Wakefield, Mass.), Stephen Patch (Newbury, N.H.), Chris Annunciata (Waltham, Mass.), Ty Long (Dover, N.H.) and Nick Morello (North Billerica, Mass.). When the dust settled the Panthers held a 12-6 lead heading into the fourth period.

After the teams traded goals to start the fourth, Clark registered three straight markers, highlighted by a pair of man-up goals by Jacob Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.), bringing the score to within three at 13-10.

That would be as close as the Cougars would get, however, as the Panthers got insurance goals from Patch and Miller less than a minute apart to seal the victory.

Miller led all players with a season-best five goals and Patch added three of his own. Ventura and Aaron Boss (Keene, N.H.) each had two assists, while Long finished with two scores and a helper.

Clark was paced by the fifth career game of three goals or more by Holden. Maselek added two goals and two assists, while Callahan chipped in with a goal and two assists.

Plymouth State will return to Little East Conference action on Saturday when they host Eastern Connecticut State, while Clark faces Regis College in Pilgrim League action on Saturday as well.

2013-04-11



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