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Strong 3rd period leads NEC past PSC

HENNIKER, N.H. - New England College scored four unanswered third period goals Tuesday night and went on to capture a 7-3 victory over Plymouth State College in a non-conference ice hockey game.

The Pilgrims led 3-0 midway through the second period, but PSC came up with a pair of goals in the final four minutes of the period to cut NEC's lead to one. The hosts put the game away in the third with four goals in a nine-minute span, including a pair of power play markers.

The victory was NEC's first of the season (1-3-0) and the first for new head coach Scott Borek, while PSC drops its third straight to dip to 1-5-0.

Ryan Brewer, Adam Wallace and Jason Martin scored two goals apiece for NEC, with Wallace getting both of his with the man-advantage. Johan Alderin contributed a goal and two assists.

Senior Chris Tortorella (Larchmont, N.Y.) got PSC's first goal with four minutes remaining in the second frame, with classmate Aaron Fifield (Northfield Falls, Vt.) picking up the assist. Freshman Kyle Poirier (Concord, NH) notched his team-leading third of the season with 45 seconds left in the second to make it a 3-2 game heading into the third.

After NEC did the damage, sophomore Matt Toutain (Lewiston, Maine) rounded out the scoring for PSC with his second of the season.

The Pilgrims outshot the Panthers 52-27, including 24-6 in the decisive third period. Senior Larry Forgue (Nashua, NH) made 45 saves for PSC, while Nick Nozzolillo turned away 24 shots for NEC.

PSC will be idle until Friday, Dec. 7th, when the Panthers host ECAC Northeast Conference pre-season favorite Lebanon Valley College in a key conference match-up at Waterville Valley Ice Arena (7:00 p.m.).