FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - The Worcester State University men's ice hockey team received goals from four different players, but fell 5-4 to Framingham State University Thursday evening in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference action at Loring Arena.
With the defeat, Worcester State drops to 5-15-2 overall on the season and 3-11-1 in the MASCAC. Framingham State improves to 3-17-2 overall and 2-12-1 in the MASCAC, taking the season series from the Lancers.
Worcester State led by a goal on four occasions on the evening, but were never able to maintain the lead. Freshman Mark Revniaga (Nahariya, Israel) scored the contest's first goal midway through the second period, and moments later, after Framingham State's Zach Bettmeng leveled the score, Brian Smith (Dracut, Mass.) put the Lancers back ahead. Bettmeng's second of the game knotted the score at two before the teams headed to the locker room for the second intermission.
The teams combined for five goals in the first eight minutes of the third, which would prove to be the final scoring of the evening. Worcester State sophomore Will Ahearn (Charlestown, Mass.) put his team on top just 57 seconds into the period. Framingham State again leveled the score quickly just over three minutes later, but Gunther Stange (Niles, Ill.) cleaned up a rebound 55 seconds following the equalizer, again putting the visitors into the lead.
Worcester State's advantage would last less than a minute as Ryan Paul scored Framingham's fourth game-tying goal, and 1:57 later, Jack Pierson netted the eventual game-winner.
Goalkeeper Nevin Tardif (Dunstable, Mass.) took the loss in net for the Lancers, despite making 36 saves. Defenseman Henry Bruckner (Franklin, Mass.) notched a pair of assists in the loss, his second consecutive two-assist performance. Smith also had a pair of points for Worcester State, with a goal and an assist.
Next up for Worcester State, they'll look to snap out of their losing spell on Senior Night, hosting Plymouth State at the Worcester Ice Center on Saturday. Puck drop is slated for 7:10 p.m.