CORTLAND, N.Y. – The Cortland men’s hockey team scored four goals in the second and third periods Friday night and skated to an 8-4 victory over Plymouth State University at Alumni Arena in non-conference men’s hockey action.
The Panthers led 1-0 after the first period on a power-play goal by senior Bobby Dashner (Hyde Park, Mass.) at 12:48, but Cortland scored four straight goals to start the second period to grab a 4-1 lead. Freshman Greg Haney (Marcellus, N.Y.) netted his first career goal on the power play at 2:57, junior Nick Catanzaro (Buffalo, N.Y.) converted a penalty shot at 5:21, freshman Jarrett Gold (East Setauket, N.Y.) scored on the backhand at 8:14 and freshman Graham Fallon (Endicott, N.Y.) finished the run on a breakaway at 14:42.
Senior Deni Bojadzic (Gothenburg, Sweden) connected for his first of his two goals in the game for PSU at 17:36 with the Panthers on a two-man advantage to make it a 4-2 game at the end of two.
The Red Dragons seemed to be in control of the game with a short-handed score from Gold at 5:06 and an even-strength goal from senior Barry McLaughlin (Bellport, N.Y.) at 9:04. Plymouth State, however, pulled to within 6-4 on a power-play goal from sophomore Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md) at 11:59 and a short-handed score by Bojadzic at 13:06. Cortland clinched the game when freshman Brent Fallon (Endicott, N.Y.) and Catanzaro closed out the scoring.
Catanzaro led Cortland with two goals and two assists, while Gold, who has nine points in his last three games, contributed two goals and an assist. Sophomore Patrick Palmisano (Ann Arbor, Mich.) registered a career-high four assists.
Freshman Bryan Horrigan (Brookfield, Wis.) collected three assists for the Panthers.
Junior goalie Mike Mistretta (Buffalo, N.Y.) started in net for Cortland and made 16 saves into the third period, before giving way to senior Jon Bova (Camillus, N.Y.), who stopped three shots. Mistretta finished the final five minutes, 37 seconds and did not register another save.
Senior goalie Karl Helgesson (Lerum, Sweden) started for PSU and made 30 saves in 56:21. Freshman Kevin Crosby (Farmington, Conn.) played the final 3:39 and stopped one shot.
The Red Dragons improve to 7-8-1 overall, while the Panthers fell to 4-5-2. The same two teams meet again Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of Cortland Sports Information)
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