Fitchburg Mass. – The Fitchburg State ice hockey team dropped a 5-2 decision to the Lancers of Worcester State University in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action this evening from the Wallace Civic Center.
Score: Fitchburg State 2, Worcester State 5
Records: Fitchburg State (9-8-2, 6-4-2 MASCAC) | Worcester State (10-7-1, 6-5-1 MASCAC)
How It Happened
Worcester State opened the scoring at the 13:02 mark of the first period as sophomore forward Matthew Manning (Novi, Mich.) gathered a feed from classmate Jake Karelas (Melrose, Mass.) and found the back of the net for his ninth tally of the season for the 1-0 advantage.
The Lancers double their margin (2-0) four minutes into the middle stanza when sophomore forward Ryan James (Katy, Tex.) put home a rebound of a shot by classmate Kyle Hayter (Helena, Mont.) for his third marker on the year.
Fitchburg State cut the deficit to 2-1 at the 7:10 mark as senior Nick DiNicola (Wolcott, Conn.) buried a shot into the back the net for his tenth goal on the season off assists from freshman Ryan Murphy (Wayzata, Minn.) and sophomore Brian Glover (Baldwinville, Mass.) before Worcester State responded late in the frame when sophomore Tim Drevitch (Oxford, N.J.) tallied a power-play marker for his third goal of the 2018-19 campaign to make the score 3-1.
The Green and Gold answered back midway through the final period of play as senior Ricky Kramer (Barnstead, N.H.) deposited a shot inside the far post for his tenth goal of the year on assists from junior Christopher Vicario (Cranston, R.I.) and sophomore Sascha Figi (Kloten, Switzerland) to cut the lead to 3-2.
Worcester State secured the victory however when Drevitch netted his second tally of the contest with an empty netter with just 45 seconds remaining in the contest, resulting in the 5-2 final.
By the Numbers
- 63rd meeting between the two schools with the Falcons 42-17-4 vs the Lancers
- Figi concluded the contest with a game-best 11 shots for Fitchburg State
- Sophomore Brian McGrath (Worcester, Mass.) stopped 33 shots for the Falcons
- Counterpart Aaron Callan (South Lyon, Mich.) made 30 saves for the Lancers
- Worcester State held a 38-32 margin in shots
- Fitchburg State finished 1-for0-8 with the man advantage
Falcons will host the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday for a MASCAC matchup, starting at 7:00 PM. Lancers will travel to Plymouth State on the same date for a conference clash at 6:00 PM.