PPGs lead Southern Maine past PSC

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - The University of Southern Maine scored four unanswered power play goals in the third period Tuesday evening and went of to defeat Plymouth State College 6-1 in a non-conference hockey game at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.

The Huskies took a 2-1 lead into the third period, but put the game away with three power play goals in less than three minutes early in the stanza. Sophomore David Brady (Alexandria, Va.) led the USM attack with two goals and an assist, all coming in the final frame, while junior Bobby Sloper (Concord, N.H.) added a goal and two assists and senior Ethan Burnes (Barre, Vt.) had three assists. Freshman Erik Kent (Newburyport, Mass.) also connected on a third period tally.

USM sophomore Eric Danielson (Augusta, Maine) and PSC freshman Aaron Keller (Concord, N.H.) traded goals early in the first period, the first of the season for each skater. Sophomore Derek Klowak (Burlington, Ont.) gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead at the 12:55 mark of the first, an advantage that stood until USM erupted in the third period.

Freshman Matt Collaton (Oakville, Ont) made 18 saves to pick up the win in the visiting net, while senior Larry Forgue (Nashua, N.H.) made a season-high 50 saves for the Panthers. USM finished with a 56-19 advantage in shots on goal.

Southern Maine, which was playing for the fifth time in 11 days, improves to 4-9-0 overall, while PSC, which skated for the first time since Dec. 15, drops to 2-8-0 overall.

The Huskies return to action Friday with an ECAC East game at Hamilton College (7:00 p.m.) while the Panthers resume play Saturday at home with an ECAC Northeast contest against Framingham State (7:00 p.m.).