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PSC stops skid with win at Curry

MILTON, Mass. - Freshman Garrett Dionne (Clarence Center, N.Y.) scored two goals and assisted on another Tuesday night, helping the Plymouth State College ice hockey team to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Curry College in an ECAC Northeast Conference game.

The Panthers, who stopped a five-game losing skid, improve to 3-14-1 overall and 3-7-0 in the conference, while Curry remains winless at 0-13-1 and 0-10-1.

The Colonels actually took a 3-1 lead in the first period, with Mike Ciacera opening the scoring with a power play goal and Sean Whalen and Joe Savioli connected just over a minute apart later in the period. Senior Tom Beaulieu (Hudson, N.H.) provided the Panthers' goal, with assists from classmates Erik Nadeau (Waterville, Maine) and Matt McPhee (Plymouth, Mass.).

The Panthers and Dionne went to work in the second period. Dionne netted his first of the night at 5:06, with an assist from junior John Hornor (Marlton, N.J.), and added his second at 7:05, with junior Pete Seriano (Safety Harbor, Fla.) and sophomore Dave Moore (Anchorage, AK) picking up assists.

With the game tied at 3-apiece entering the third period, Panther freshman Eric Clark (West Hartford, Conn.) tallied his fourth goal of the season just 36 seconds into the period for the eventual game-winner. Dionne and Moore registered assists on the play. Dionne continues to lead the team in scoring, and he now has seven goals and nine assists in 18 games.

PSC freshman Mike Mansson (Jackson, Wy.) and junior Larry Forgue (Nashua, N.H.) split the goaltending duties for the fourth time in the last five games, Mansson starting and making 14 stops and Forgue making 19 saves for the win. Phil Belmont made 31 saves for Curry as shots on goal were even at 36 for both teams.

PSC continues a three-game road swing Thursday (Feb. 1) with a 7 p.m. conference contest at St. Michael's College.