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ECAC Weekly honors for three Panthers

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Three members of the Plymouth State College ice hockey team have been recognized with weekly conference honors after the Panthers split a pair of games last week.

Freshman Kyle Poirier (Concord, N.H.) was named ECAC Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week, and senior Larry Forgue (Nashua, N.H.) and junior Tony LaScola (Fairfax, Va.) were Honor Roll selections. They were the key players for PSC as the Panthers defeated Nichols College 4-2 last Saturday after nearly upsetting first-place Johnson & Wales last Wednesday in a 4-3 loss.

A 5'11", 180-pound forward, Poirier scored two goals and one assist in PSC's 1-1 week. He had a goal and an assist in the 4-3 loss at Johnson & Wales, and added the game-winning goal in the victory at Nichols. Poirier leads the Panthers in scoring with six goals and one assist.

A 5'9", 170-pound goalie, Forgue stopped 57 of 63 shots (.905 saves percentage) in the two games. He made 30 saves in the tough loss to Johnson & Wales, and stopped 27 of 29 shots in the win over Nichols. A four-year starter, Forgue has started all but one game for PSC this season.

A 5'9", 200-pound forward, LaScola scored two goals and one assist in the two outings. He scored a third-period goal that tied the game at 3-3 against JWU, and added a goal (the first score of the game) and an assist in the win at Nichols. LaScola, who did not play last season, has three goals and one assist in nine games this season.

The triumph over Nichols snapped a five-game losing streak for PSC, and gave the Panthers a much-needed boost going into the break. PSC is 2-7-0 overall and tied for fifth in the conference with a 2-4-0 mark. After a three-week break for final exams and the holidays, the Panthers return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 8th, with a non-conference home game against the University of Southern Maine at Waterville Valley Ice Arena (7:00 p.m.).