Framingham State lost its home opener to Plymouth State by a score of 10-1 on Nov. 17.
Special teams were a huge part of this game. Eight goals were scored for Plymouth State either on a power play or short-handed.
The first power play for the Panthers came at the 6:29 mark when Anthony DePetres got called for goaltender interference. On the man advantage, Michael Economos put Plymouth State on the board making it 1-0.
Just one minute later, Plymouth State went to the power play again when Jake Sartorelli got penalized for tripping. Making the most of the power play the Panthers scored again off a rocket shot from Chris Zuccaro.
The Rams looked to gain the momentum when they got a power play of their own around the 15-minute mark. Instead, it turned into a short-handed goal for the Panthers. Ryan Stevens gathered the puck off a missed shot from Economos and sent it home.
Just before the end of the period, Plymouth State added another tally to its total. Tim Larocque scored on a wrist shot.
Framingham started the second period on the man advantage but was not able to capitalize on the opportunity. Right before the power play ended, Stevens got the puck in the neutral zone and shot it past Rams goalie Adam Calabrese to make it a five-goal lead.
At the 6:00 mark, the Panthers’ Matt Volonnino scored off the feed from Stevens extending the lead again.
In the third period, the onslaught continued for the Panthers. The power play proved to be dangerous again when Ludvig Steenberg scored on a wrist shot, assisted by Dan Dupell and Erik Strom.
The Rams finally got on the board with a power play goal of their own. Tyler Colacchio scored with Vaughn Guetens and Matt Bauchman assisting on the goal making it a 7-1 game.
Plymouth State scored three goals in the last four minutes of the game. Two of them were short-handed goals scored by Stevens and Kyle Orgel. The last goal of the game, their fourth power play goal, came off the stick of Tommy Dowell.
The Panthers outshot the Rams 39-17. Stevens ended with a hat trick for Plymouth and Colacchio had one goal and a team-leading three shots in the loss. Calabrese made 21 saves for the Rams and Thierry Messervier recorded 10 saves for the Panthers.
The Rams drop to 1-4 on the season and 0-3 in the MASCAC.