Pilgrims fall to Panthers in overtime
Plymouth State University’s Chris Zaremba (Colorado Springs, Colo.) stuffed in a goal just 23 seconds into overtime lifting the Panthers past the New England College Pilgrims 4-3 at Everett Arena Wednesday evening. With the win the Panthers improve to 4-8-1 on the season, while the loss drops the Pilgrims to 9-3-0 overall.
New England College would control much of the play early in the first period before Plymouth’s Chris Zaremba would intercept a Pilgrims pass at center ice and net a short-handed goal at the 7:34 mark. The Pilgrims would answer just six minutes later taking advantage of an NEC power-play as Jon Globke (W. Bloomfield, Mich.) would score his first goal of the season knotting the game at 1-1.
The Pilgrims would take their first lead of the game midway through the second period as Mark Ehl (N. Vancouver, B.C.) would score off a nice feed from Filip Bjork (Stockholm, Sweden) at the 11:00 minute mark. The two teams would battle through the remainder of the second scoreless as NEC would hold the slight 13-8 lead in shots.
NEC’s Emil Alengard (Likoping, Sweden) would give the Pilgrims some breathing room netting his sixth goal of the season just six minutes into the third period. Plymouth State would respond as Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.) would score a power-play goal just 1:38 later cutting the NEC lead to 3-2. Plymouth would continue to battle in the third period as Zaremba would net his second goal of the game assisted by Tommy Woods (Nashua, N.H.) tying the game at 3-3 with just under five minutes remaining in regulation.
Neither team would be able to muster a goal in the final minutes of the third period sending the game into overtime tied at 3-3. Plymouth would strike early in overtime as Zaremba would stuff in a loose puck in front of the net, scoring his third goal of the game and lifting the Panthers to the 4-3 win.
Picking up the win in goal for Plymouth State was Allen Schneider (Strongsville, Ohio) who finished with an impressive 46 saves. In goal for NEC was Connor Sampson (Whitby, Ontario) who recorded 17 saves on the night.
NEC returns to action on Friday, January 16 when they host NESCAC opponent Trinity at 7:30 p.m. Plymouth State returns to the ice on Friday, January 16 when the play non-conference opponent Cortland State in Tilton at 7:00 p.m.