Panthers drop pair at NEC Tourney
HENNIKER, N.H. - Plymouth State College dropped both ends of a pair of ice hockey games Friday and Saturday in the Lever 2000/Shaw's Holiday Tournament, hosted by New England College.
The Panthers were upended by host NEC in the first game Friday evening, 9-6, as the Pilgrims overcame five PSC power play goals. Potsdam State then handed PSC an 8-1 setback in the second game Saturday.
The losses left Plymouth State at 1-8-1 overall and trying to stop a seven-game losing skid, all seven in non-conference affairs. The Panthers return to ECAC Northeast action the rest of the season, beginning Saturday, Jan. 6, at Waterville Valley Ice Arena against UMass Dartmouth (4 p.m.) PSC is 1-1-0 in the Northeast this season.
Freshman Garrett Dionne (Clarence Center, N.Y.) led the scoring output against New England College, as PSC's six goals marked a season high. Dionne scored a pair of power play goals, and junior John Hornor (Marlton, NJ), sophomore Dave Moore (Anchorage, AK), and senior Tommy Beaulieu (Hudson, NH) each added a PPG. Sophomore Dan Molinari (Hyannis, Mass.) connected on a short-handed score to spark PSC's special teams.
PSC actually took a 2-0 lead over the Pilgrims, as Dionne and Beaulieu connected on power play markers just a minute and 23 seconds apart midway through the first period. NEC cut the lead in half before the end of the period, then took control of the game with a six-goal outburst in the second period to take a 7-3 lead.
Freshman Ryan Luczynski (Concord, N.H.) provided the lone Panther highlight against Potsdam, scoring his first career goal late in the second period, but not before Potsdam had built a 6-0 lead.
Both Panther goalies saw action in both games. Freshman Mike Mansson (Wilson, WY) started against NEC and made 27 saves in two periods, with junior Larry Forgue (Nashua, N.H.) coming on to stops 13 shots in the third period. Forgue played the first and third periods against Potsdam, making 39 saves on 45 shots, while Mansson turned away 23 of 25 shots in the middle period.