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Panthers down Stonehill for 1st win of season

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Senior goalie Larry Forgue (Nashua, N.H.) stopped 49 of 50 shots Tuesday night to lead Plymouth State College to a 2-1 victory over Stonehill College in an ECAC Northeast Conference ice hockey game at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.

The victory was Plymouth State's first of the season in three outings, and marks the first collegiate victory for new Panther head coach Chris Hudon. PSC improves to 1-2-0 overall and in conference play, while the Chieftains drops to 1-3-0 overall and the same in conference action.

Stonehill had a 50-21 advantage in shots on goal, but Forgue turned in an outstanding performance in the Panther net. He stopped all 16 shots he faced in the first period, and 23 of the 24 shots in the second frame. Junior Jared Waimon (New Milford, Conn.) was credited with 19 saves for Stonehill.

The Panthers got all the offense they would need with a pair of first-period goals. Freshman Kyle Poirier (Concord, N.H.) netted a power play goal at the 13:17 mark, with classmates Aaron Keller (Concord, N.H.) and Max Wernert (Greenwich, Conn.) picking up assists. PSC made it a two-goal margin at 17:28 when sophomore Ryan Luczynski (Concord, N.H.) finished off a partial breakaway, with sophomore Bryan Croft (Penacook, N.H.) getting the assist.

Stonehill cut the margin in half at the 6:00 mark of the middle period when junior Brendan Flemming (Troy, N.Y.) flipped one over Forgue's shoulder and into the net, with freshman Rob O'Brien (Malden, Mass.) and junior Mike Ryan (Chicopee, Mass.) assisting. But the Chieftains were unable to beat Forgue the rest of the way, and PSC held on for the win.

PSC is in Hooksett, N.H., this weekend for the PAL Cup Tournament, facing St. Scholastica (Minn.) in Saturday's opener (3:30 p.m.). The Chieftains return home to host the Stonehill Coca-Cola Thanksgiving Shootout Saturday and Sunday.