HERSHEY, Pa. - Junior Brian Yingling (Steelton, Pa.) scored two goals to lead top-seeded Lebanon Valley College past eighth-seeded Plymouth State College Sunday in the opening round of the ECAC Northeast Conference men's ice hockey tournament at Hershey Park Arena.
The victory sends the Flying Dutchmen, 22-3-1, into a semi-final game on Wednesday evening, while PSC completes its season under first-year head coach Chris Hudon at 7-14-1. The Panthers were in the post-season for the first time since making back-to-back appearances in 1998 and 1999.
Yingling, who scored five goals and an assist in LVC's 8-2 win over PSC on Dec. 7th, scored the first goal of the game, and added a blow to the Panthers with his third-period marker. Plymouth State had scored in the final minute of the second period to cut the LVC deficit to 3-1, but Yingling's goal at 1:12 of the third period stopped PSC's momentum.
The Flying Dutchmen led 2-0 after one period, on goals by Yingling and sophomore Ian Sinclair (Thornhill, Ont.). Sophomore Doug MacCormack (Palmyra, Pa.) made it 3-0 at 13:19 of the second frame before senior John Hornor (Marlton, N.J.) put PSC on the board with a power play goal at 19:37, assisted by freshmen Kyle Poirier (Concord, N.H.) and Chris Starr (Old Greenwich, Conn.).
After Yingling opened the third period scoring, LVC tacked on two more power play goals, by juniors Benjamin Kwon (McLean, Va.) and Scott Schilling (West Allis, Wis.) to put the Panthers away.
Senior Lincoln Matlock (Malone, N.Y.) made 22 saves to earn the win for Lebanon Valley. PSC senior Larry Forgue (Nashua, N.H.) posted 43 saves, his sixth 40-plus saves effort this season. Forgue completes an outstanding career with 2409 saves, a .902 saves percentage, and a 3.67 goals against average, second-best in school history.