PSC skates past Franklin Pierce

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Plymouth State College scored five unanswered goals in a nine-minute span during the second period Saturday evening, and the Panthers went on to post a 7-1 victory over Franklin Pierce College in a non-conference ECAC ice hockey game at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.

Sophomore Kyle Poirier (Concord, N.H.) and freshman Dennis Kane (Westford, Mass.) led the Panthers with two goals apiece, while sophomore Michal Bodnar (Czech Republic) contributed a goal and two assists. Poirier scored both his goals on the power play, and now has a team-leading five PPGs this season. Kane leads the team with seven goals, and Bodnar is the overall PSC scoring leader with 11 points (two goals, nine assists).

The outcome gives PSC a 2-4-3 overall record, including a 2-1-2 mark in its last five outings. The Ravens are still looking for their first win in this inaugural varsity season, dropping to 0-10-1 overall.

Poirier gave PSC a 1-0 lead with a first period score, but FPC junior Mike Sabini (New Paltz, N.Y.) evened the game just a minute into the second period with his second of the season. PSC responded with five consecutive goals, as Bodnar, Kane, junior Matt Toutain (Lewiston, Maine), Poirier and junior Mike Jackson (Middleton, Mass.) found the net to give PSC a decisive advantage.

Kane added his second of the game for PSC midway through the third period to round out the scoring.

Freshman Chris Hyson (Colchester, Conn.), making his second career start in place of injured starter Mike Mansson (Wilson, Wyo.), earned his first career victory with a 16-save effort. Two Raven goalies - freshman Dennis Millman (Billerica, Mass.) and junior Andy Tinti (Buffalo, N.Y.) combined for 25 saves.

PSC hits the road for its next two games, beginning Thursday with a non-conference clash at Nichols (5 p.m.). Franklin Pierce returns home to host Western New England on Wednesday (8:00 p.m.).