Delaware 3 NC State 5
Despite a pair of goals from first-line forward Ryan Morse, one of them the first of the game in the sixteenth minute, Delaware was overpowered by North Carolina State from the start of the second period on in a 5-3 defeat.
Right winger Louis Gimenez earned the equaliser for the IcePack 35 seconds into the second period, setting off a salvo of shots against Delaware goalie Eric Birnberg which saw North Carolina State explode to a 3-1 lead at the intermission and a 5-1 lead midway through the third. Eric Todd, Cam Mazikowski, Davis Hudson, and Chris Wing also found the back of the net for North Carolina State, with the final three all on power plays. In all, the Hens collected 48 penalty minutes, with both Mike Hicken and Brian Boylan issued game misconducts midway through the second.
With 7:08 remaining, Morse’s second goal of the game and 20th of the season cut the IcePack lead to three, but Delaware’s rally was simply too little and too late. Steve Bryson contributed his 22nd goal of the season not a minute later, but the Hens could muster no more.
Birnberg dropped to 5-7-0 in defeat; shots on goal were not tracked.