FITCHBURG, Mass. – Fitchburg State College overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period Saturday afternoon to earn an important ECAC Northeast point with a 5-5 tie against Plymouth State University at Fitchburg State College’s Wallace Civic Center.
The Falcons are now 11-8-4 overall (7-4-3 ECAC Northeast) while the Panthers are 8-10-3 overall and 5-5-2 in the conference. Plymouth State is now in eighth place in the Northeast while FSC is currently in fourth place with other conference games still remaining Saturday night.
The visitors built a 3-1 cushion on goals by Tim Vlcek (LaGrange Park, Ill.), Tommy Woods (Nashua, N.H.) and Dave Dufresne (Dracut, Mass.). The Falcons got their first period tally on a Stephen Schofield (Valley Village, CA) power play goal. Schofield would finish the afternoon with a pair of goals and three helpers.
Schofield got the hosts to within a goal in the second period at 3-2 on his second power play tally of the day, but Chris Cantara (Pelham, N.H.) made the it a 4-2 game heading into the third period with PSU’s first power play tally.
The final 20 minutes of regulation would prove to be a shootout as the Falcons quickly knotted the game at 4-4 with goals from Bob Kalousian (Marlboro, Mass.) on the power play just 3:50 into the third and Matt Arsenault (Gardner, Mass.) less than three minutes later.
Kalousian added his second of the night midway through the third to give Fitchburg its first lead of the afternoon at 5-4. However, the lead would not last long as Sean Buckley (Sagamore, Mass.) tied the game for the second and final time with a power play goal at 13:03.
FSC netminder Devan McConnell (Lake Stevens, Wash.) and Plymouth State goaltender Karl Helgesson (Lerum, Sweden) each turned away 31 shots in the tie.
The Panthers return home to host Stonehill College on Monday in a make-up game at Waterville Valley (6:00 p.m.) Fitchburg State also plays at home on Monday, hosting Franklin Pierce (7:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Fitchburg State Sports Information)
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