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No. 6/6 Endicott Drops Season Opener To Plymouth State, 3-2

Josh Bowes tries to stuff a puck home from behind the net.

BEVERLY, Mass. – The No. 6/6 nationally ranked Endicott men's ice hockey team fell to Plymouth State University, 3-2, in non-conference action on Friday night at Raymond J. Bourque Arena. 

Tied 2-2 early in the third, Alec LeFave (Hudson, N.H.) buried home his own rebound chance in the slot after he received a centering pass from Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Texas) on a 2-on-1 break at the 3:07 mark of the period. Chris Zuccaro (Hudson, N.H.) initiated the scoring opportunity with a clearance off the glass in the Panthers' defensive zone that found Stevens wide open near the red line, creating the odd-man rush. 

From there on out, Plymouth State netminder Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) stymied the Gulls offensively making 14 saves the rest of the way to preserve the win. 


  • Plymouth State evened up the all-time series at 1-1-0.
  • The Gulls are 0-1-2 in season openers. 


  • Anthony Petrella (Hilton, N.Y.) and Jack Musil (Skidby, England) both found the back of the net for the Gulls.
  • Musil, Daniel Kucerovy (Bethel Park, Pa.), Ross Olsson (Billerica, Mass.), and Tommy Besinger (Milton, Mass.) all had assists in the loss.
  • Mark Specia (Ringwood, N.J.) had 21 saves (0-1-0, 3-1-0 career).
  • Endicott held a 2-1 lead at the 13:33 mark of the second, but Plymouth State answered with the game-tying goal 12-seconds later before LeFave netted the game-winner.
  • The Gulls outshot the Panthers, 37-24. 


  • Stevens led all student-athletes in the contest with two goals and one assist. Stevens opened up the scoring in the game with a tally at 10:10 of the first and buried another at 13:45 of the second.
  • Matt Volonnino (Hackettstown, N.J.) dished out two assists, while Victor Bergstrom (Angelholm, Sweden) had one helper.
  • Morelli compiled 35 saves in the win (1-0-0). 


No. 6/6 Endicott (0-1-0) will play a home-and-home series versus Wentworth on November 2 (away, 7 PM) and November 4 (home, 2 PM). Plymouth State (1-0-0) travels to Worcester State University on Tuesday, October 31 for its conference opener at 7 PM. 

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(Photo credit - David Le '10)