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January 19, 2000

PSC Hockey goalie receives top weekly honors

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The starting goalie on the Plymouth State College ice hockey team has received regional and national honors after posting consecutive shutouts for the Panthers last week.

Sophomore goaltender Larry Forgue (Nashua, NH) was named U.S. College Hockey Online Division III Defensive Player of the Week, as well as Eastern College Athletic Conference Northeast Goalie of the Week. He was an ECAC Honor Roll pick a week earlier. USCHO can be visited at www.uscollegehockey.com

A 5'7", 160-pounder, Forgue stopped all 23 shots in PSC's 2-0 win over Assumption College last Tuesday, and turned away all 33 attempts in a 6-0 triumph over Framingham Stateon Saturday, both games at Waterville Valley. He has lowered his goals against average to 3.05 and improved his saves percentage to .909. Forgue has really turned it on over the past two weeks, stopping 119 of 125 shots (.952) and allowing just six goals in four games (1.47 GAA).

Forgue was an ECAC Northeast All-Star last season when he set the school record for goals against average in a season (2.56). Plymouth State, 3-6-2 overall and 2-2-2 in the ECAC Northeast, continues a four-game homestand with a match-up Saturday (Jan. 22) against the Bates College club team (7 p.m.). Second-year head coach Mike Bonelli will also lead the Panthers against his alma mater New England College next Tuesday (Jan. 25) in a non-conference affair at Waterville Valley (7 p.m.)

PANTHER NOTES: PSC senior captain Eric Ryan (North Chelmsford, Mass.) now needs just one goal or assist to reach the 100-point milestone for his career. He scored a goal and an assist against Assumption to improve his totals to 47 goals and 52 assists in 83 games. The statistics in the Bates games will not count, so Ryan's next chance is in the NEC game. Ryan would become just the fifth Panther in history to reach the milestone and the first since Jeff Craig in 1996-97.... Two other Panthers have a shot at reaching 100 career points this season. Senior Rich Vega (New Milford, Conn.), who leads the team in scoring this season (4-8--12 in 11 games), enters the week with 87 points (33-54-87 in 82 games). Classmate Kevin Creighton (Falmouth, Mass.), who is third on the team in scoring this season (4-4-8), has 77 career points (31-46-77 in 72 games). PSC has nine official regular season contests remaining.

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