WSU Hockey Team losses in OT on Senior Night

Posted on February 20, 2012 by

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Ryan Kuketz

AUBURN- The Worcester State hockey team lost to Plymouth State Thursday night, 5-4 at Horgan Rink in overtime after Plymouth State junior Kyle Weiland scored the game winning goal 1:20 into overtime. Bryan Kalcyzynski had 40 saves for Worcester State, as Jack Astedt made 25 saves for Plymouth state.

Weiland scored two goals including the game winning goal, and the game tying goal with 10:45 left in the 3rd period. Jordan Roberts scored two goals for Worcester State, each goal giving Worcester State a lead in the game.

Weiland’s game winning goal came on a wrist shot from the faceoff circle and Kalcyzynski appeared to have the puck in his glove. As Kalcyzynski moved his glove hand, the puck went into the back of the net giving Plymouth State the victory.

“It’s a tough way to lose,” said Worcester State head coach John Guiney. “I didn’t see exactly what happened but I know it hurt him [Kalcyzynski] a lot but we’ll respond. You know, it’s one game.”

Kalcyzynski dropped face down on the ice after allowing the goal and stayed down for an entire minute while his teammates tried to console the goaltender. The game was extra emotional for Kalcyzynski because it was senior night and it was the last home game for the seniors.

“You win as a team, you lose as a team. He’s [Kalcyzynski] part of the team,” said Guiney. “He’s pretty upset. Understandably. It’s the type of kid he is. He’s a real, real competitor.”

Weiland tied the game at 4 with 10:45 to play on a power play goal 28 seconds after Andrew Pierson got a 2 minute minor for boarding. The goal was assisted by Phil Arnone and Dave Walters, two players who were involved in the goal that tied the game at 3 in the 2nd period.

After Arnone scored in the second to tie the game, Worcester State answered 17 seconds later when Roberts scored his 2nd goal of the game, and season to regain the lead.

“I haven’t scored all year,” said Roberts. “It’s pretty nice to bury two. So it just felt really good.”

Entering the game Roberts, a sophomore, had only scored 1 goal in his career and had only one point the entire season.

“I work hard every shift so coach just saw that and they just put me in out there and I did my job,” said Roberts about his playing time getting extended.

“We changed up the lines a few different times over the last couple weeks and we moved him [Roberts] off the wing and put him at center and he’s playing much better at the center postion,” said Guiney. “Hopefully it will work out.”

Worcester State and Plymouth State split the season series, 1-1-1, Worcester State’s win against Plymouth State came on December 3,in overtime at Horgan rink. It was Worcester State’s first victory against Plymouth State since February 2001. Worcester State is 8-12-3 this season and in fifth place in MASCAC while Plymouth State is in first place with a 14-6-2 record.

“We play better teams tougher,” said Guiney. “It’s a tough thing to say but the kids just get up to the tougher teams. They know it’s going to be a battle, and they respond.”

Before the game began the four seniors for Worcester State were honored as part of senior night, for their dedication and commitment to the hockey program. The game was the last home game for Worcester State this year.

Worcester State is still in position to make the playoffs by remaining in 5th place in the MASCAC.

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