By Framingham State athletics
WORCESTER – The Worcester State men’s ice hockey team scored twice late in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and lead the Lancers over Framingham State in MASCAC action Thursday evening.
Framingham State falls to 5-16-1 overall and 3-12-1 in the MASCAC.
Worcester State improves to 11-10-1 overall.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Worcester was the first to get on the board early in the first period on a successful power play opportunity when graduate defender Max Roth and first-year forward Anders Grongstad connected with sophomore forward Brigham Neuhold
- The Lancers then followed with another scoring opportunity when Matt Kowal and Cody Porcello found senior forward Kevin Drevitch, who struck the puck in behind the net to extend their early lead in the game. Both sides were closely matched defensively at the end of the first, with the Lancers recording 14 shots in comparison to Framingham’s 12.
- Framingham wasted no time as the second period began as they got themselves on the board just a minute in from Johnny Baker, who connected with Dylan Marty to cut the deficit. Within the 12-minute marker, sophomore forward Martin Dlugolinsky responded for Worcester with a blast in the net to put the Lancers back up by two.
- The Lancers were unable to hold onto their lead as Framingham came back to tie the game heading into the third period, with their second goal of the game coming from Tyler Westfall and their third from Caleb Dusek, with assistance from Kaleb Kinskey.
- The score would stay at three apiece after that, heading into the final seconds of the third period, when senior Mikey Wilson found Anders Grongstad for a goal that lit up the crowd as the Lancers took back the lead.
- Framingham looked to get one back as they pulled their goaltender, which eventually led to an empty netter from graduate defender Henry Bruckner to reach the final margin.
- In the net, sophomore Wyatt Friedlander recorded 33 saves on 36 shots in all 60 minutes of play, while Framingham’s Blake Carlson saved two out of two shots before Trevor Stenberg was subbed on to record 46 saves on 50 shots.
UP NEXT: The Rams return to the ice on Saturday when they host Westfield State for MASCAC action at 2 p.m.