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January 13, 2003

ECAC Weekly Honor for Poirier

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - One of the top offensive players on the Plymouth State College ice hockey team was recognized by the ECAC Northeast Conference Monday for his performance in three Panther games last week.

Sophomore Kyle Poirier (Concord, N.H.) was selected to the ECAC Northeast Weekly Honor Roll. It is the second time this season that Poirier has been honored by the ECAC.

A 5'11", 185-pound forward, Poirier registered four points in the three non-conference games, helping PSC to a 1-1-1 week. He scored a goal and an assist in a 3-3 tie at UMass Dartmouth, helping set up the game-tying goal with 4:39 left in regulation, and then added two goals in PSC's 7-1 win over Franklin Pierce. All three of Poirier's goals last week came on the power play, giving him a team-leading five PPGs.

PANTHER NOTES: Plymouth State, 2-1-2 in its last five games, was dealt a blow with the serious hand injury to starting goaltender Mike Mansson (Wilson, Wyo.). The junior netminder had his right (blocker) hand sliced open by a skate with 8:34 remaining in the third period last Tuesday at UMass Dartmouth, and will be out at least a month and likely the remainder of the season. The Panthers will look to freshmen Chris Hyson (Colchester, Conn.) and Joe McCabe (Saugus, Mass.). Hyson stopped 16 of 17 shots last Saturday against Franklin Pierce to record his first career victory. McCabe came on to replace Mansson against UMD, stopping five of the six shots he faced to help PSC earn the tie.....Sophomore Michal Bodnar (Czech Republic) had a goal and four assists in three games last week, and leads the team in scoring with 11 points (two goals, nine assists)... Poirier, who sat out PSC's first three games, is now second on the team in scoring with eight points. All five of his goals this season have come on the power play....Freshman Dennis Kane (Westford, Mass.) found the net twice in PSC's 7-1 win over Franklin Pierce, his second two-goal game of the season. Kane leads the team with seven goals....PSC plays six of its next seven games on the road. The only home game between now and the second week of February is a Jan. 22 affair against Southern New Hampshire....The PSC-Salve Regina game, postponed back on Nov. 17, has been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 16, at 7:00 p.m. at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.

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