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Panthers edged by Fredonia

FREDONIA, N.Y. - Plymouth State College junior goaltender Larry Forgue (Nashua, N.H.) made a season-high 47 saves Friday night, but the Panthers were unable to pull off the upset and fell to SUNY Fredonia in a non-conference ice hockey game, 2-1.

The Blue Devils, a member of the powerful State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC), outshot the Panthers, 49-16, including 25-5 in the second period. But PSC had the answer in Forgue.

After a scoreless first period, in which the Blue Devils had an 11-4 advantage in shots, PSC got on the board first at 6:42 of the second. Fredonia was assessed a major penalty for hitting from behind, and freshman Eric Clark (West Hartford, Conn.) scored his second goal of the season, with juniors Aaron Fifield (Northfield Falls, Vt.) and John Hornor (Marlton, N.J.) picking up the assists.

The Blue Devils answered at the 12:02 mark when Christian Fletcher beat Forgue to make it a 1-1 hockey game going into the third period. Fredonia's Tom Cloherty tallied the game-winner at the 7:17 mark of the final period, and PSC pulled Forgue in the final minute but could not get the tying goal.

PSC continued its strong penalty killing, keeping Fredonia off the scoreboard in seven power play attempts. The Panthers were 1-for-7 in their power play tries.

The Panthers, 1-5-1 overall, play another tough SUNYAC opponent Saturday (Dec. 9) in a non-conference game at Buffalo State (7:00 p.m.). Fredonia State is now 8-4-2 overall.