Wentworth Skates Past Fitchburg State in High-scoring Contest
FITCHBURG -- The Fitchburg State University offense was in high gear for much of Saturday’s men’s hockey contest, but the host Falcons simply couldn’t keep pace with the hot-shooting Leopards of Wentworth in a 7-5 loss at the Wallace Civic Center.
Fitchburg State (7-6-2) grabbed the lead at the 14:13 mark of the first period when senior Patrick Germain collected a feed from juniors Dean Zerby and Joshua Suboyu and connected on his second tally of the season for the 1-0 advantage.
The Falcons doubled their lead at 2-0 roughly three minutes into the second period when sophomore Sascha Figi deposited a shot inside the near post for his team-leading 15th goal on the year.
Wentworth (5-7-4) answered 5:45 into the frame as junior Connor Beaudet gathered a feed from classmate Drew DiGeronimo, of Fitchburg, and sophomore Dante Flori and found the back of the net for his second tally of the season, and junior Georgy Gorodetsky added his eighth goal of the season 19 seconds later to knot the score at 2-2.
Fitchburg State regained the lead at the 13:09 mark as Figi netted his second goal of the contest off assists from seniors Nick DiNicola and Connor McPherson. Wentworth again knotted the score, 3-3, with five minutes remaining in the frame when senior Jonny Spada posted his first score of the season.
The Leopards grabbed the lead late in the stanza when Gorodetsky collected his second marker on the day off an assist from senior Paul Filippone III to make the score 4-3.
Wentworth upped its advantage to 5-3 early in the third period as Gorodetsky completed the hat trick, wristing a shot into the right side of the net for his 10th marker on the year, resulting in the 7-5 final.
It was a huge day for Fitchburg State’s Figi, who netted his first career four-goal game. Freshman goalie Matthew Stephan stopped 26 shots for the Falcons, while Ryan Bonnvie made 22 saves for the Leopards.
Next up, Fitchburg State will travel to Framingham State on Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. MASCAC contest.