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November 29, 1998

PSC blanks Assumption in PAL Cup consolation game

HOOKSETT, N.H. - Freshman goaltender Larry Forgue (Nashua, NH) stopped all 27 shots he faced Sunday to lead Plymouth State College to a 4-0 victory over Assumption College in the consolation game of the P.A.L. Cup Tournament here at the Tri-Town Arena.

Forgue picked up his second shutout of the season with the whitewash of Assumption, lowering his goals against average to 2.01. He also blanked Stonehill on Nov. 18, making 23 stops in a 4-0 triumph.

The win pushes the Panthers back over the .500 mark to 4-3-0 overall. Assumption falls to 3-3-0 overall.

New Hampshire College, which knocked off Plymouth State Saturday 3-1, captured the tourney championship with a 4-1 win over Tufts in the title game Sunday. The Penmen are off to the best start in the history of their program.

Juniors Eric Ryan (North Chelmsford, MA) and Rich Vega (New Milford, CT) were instrumental in PSC's win over Assumption. Ryan scored two goals and assisted on another, registering his third multi-goal game this season. He leads the team in scoring with eight goals and five assists in seven games. Vega assisted on the first three Panther goals Sunday, giving him a team-high six assists along with two goals.

Sophomore Blaine Korbl (Manchester, NH/Trinity) scored the only goal PSC would need against Assumption, connecting on his fifth marker midway through the opening period. He also picked up an assist in each game of the tournament, and is now second on the team in scoring with 10 points (five goals, five assists). Sophomore Tom Beaulieu (Hudson, NH) also netted his second goal for the Panthers.

In Saturday's loss to NHC, sophomore Erik Nadeau (Waterville, ME) was the lone Panther to find the net when he connected on his fifth goal of the season. Freshman goalie Mike Jezierski (Plymouth, MA) played well in his first career start, making 36 saves, including 20 in a scoreless first period. He is the third Panther this season to start between the pipes, a luxury for first-year head coach Mike Bonelli.

The Panthers get right back to action this Tuesday (Dec. 1) with a non-conference game at Southern Maine (7 p.m.). PSC returns home Saturday (Dec. 5) to host Neumann College (Pa.) at Waterville Valley Ice Arena (7 p.m.).

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