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December 16, 2002

ECAC Honor for Poirier and DeBaggis

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two members of the Plymouth State College ice hockey team have been recognized by the ECAC Northeast Conference for their performances in helping the Panthers record their first win of the season.

Sophomore Kyle Poirier (Concord, N.H.) and freshman Nick DeBaggis (Topsfield, Mass.) were both selected to the ECAC Northeast Weekly Honor Roll. They were instrumental in leading PSC to a 1-0-1 record last week.

A 5'11", 185-pound forward, Poirier registered two goals and two assists in the two Panther games. He tallied a first-period goal in PSC's 4-4 tie at Franklin Pierce, and added a goal and two assists in the 6-4 win over Nichols. Both of his goals last week came on the power play.

A 6'2", 180-pound defenseman, DeBaggis recorded two goals and one assist in the two outings. He had a goal and an assist in the overtime tie at Franklin Pierce, including the game-tying goal with 2:13 left in the third period, and notched the game's first goal in PSC's win over Nichols.

PANTHER NOTES: The large Panther freshman class continues to excel, as five of PSC's top 10 scorers come from the rookies. Freshmen Dennis Kane (Westford, Mass.) and Paul Feeney (Lowell, Mass.) are tied for third on the team with five points, with Kane owning a team-high five goals. DeBaggis and Rory Nickerson (West Chatham, Mass.) each have four points, and Dan Butler (Gales Ferry, Conn.) has three....Kane and Feeney are also among the ECAC Northeast leaders in power play goals with three apiece...Sophomore Michal Bodnar (Czech Republic) and junior Bryan Croft (Penacook, N.H.) share the team's scoring lead with six points. Bodnar had a goal and two assists in PSC's 1-0-1 week, and Croft contributed four assists...Junior goalie Mike Mansson (Wilson, Wyo.) picked up his second career victory with a 21-save effort against Nichols...The Panthers are at opposite ends of the spectrum in the special teams department. PSC has scored nine PPGs and ranks fourth out of 17 teams in power play percentage (.231), but has allowed 15 goals while down a man and rank 16th out of 17 in penalty killing (.651)...PSC is now idle for final exams and the holidays. The next Panther contest is Tuesday, Jan. 7, a non-conference encounter at UMass Dartmouth.

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