WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Plymouth State College's ice hockey team peppered the Neumann College goal with 57 shots Saturday night, and came away with a 3-1 non-conference victory over the visitors from Pennsylvania.
Neumann goalie Matt Kennedy stopped 54 shots, exactly 18 in each period, while his teammates put only 11 shots on the PSC goal. The Panthers were able to muster a short-handed goal late in the first period and two even-strength markers in the opening minute of the third period to pull out the win.
The victory pushes Plymouth State back over the .500 mark at 5-4 overall, while Neumann is still looking for its first win after four tries.
The Knights actually took a 1-0 lead with a 5-on-3 power play goal with 26 seconds left in the first period. With one man still in the penalty box, the Panthers evened the score just 11 seconds later when Rich Vega (New Milford, CT) slid one under Kennedy, with an assist from Blaine Korbl (Manchester, NH).
The Panthers outshot Neumann 19-2 in the first period and 18-5 in the second, but went into the third period tied at 1-1. Just 29 seconds in, freshman Dave Moore (Anchorage, AK) connected on his first career goal, with assists from juniors Kevin Creighton (Falmouth, MA) and Eric Ryan (North Chelmsford, MA), and 18 seconds later sophomore Eric Nadeau (Waterville, ME) made it 3-1 with his sixth goal of the season, with help from Matt McPhee (Plymouth, MA) and Tim Conroy (Cohasset, MA).
Plymouth State had a 20-4 advantage in shots over the final 20 minutes, finishing the game with a season-high 57 shots compared to just 11 for Neumann.
PSC freshman Larry Forgue (Nashua, NH) stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced, lowering his goals against average to 1.53 and improving his saves percentage to .938.
The Panthers return to action Friday (Dec. 11) with an ECAC Northeast conference game at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania (7:00 p.m.).
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