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January 22, 2003

SNHU edges PSC, 4-3

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Senior Vin Forgione (Hingham, Mass.) scored two goals and an assist Wednesday evening, leading Southern New Hampshire University to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Plymouth State College in an ECAC Northeast Conference ice hockey game at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.

The Penmen overcame a 3-1 deficit with three unanswered power play goals. The outcome improves SNHU to 6-5-2 overall and 4-3-1 in the conference, while PSC had its three-game winning streak stopped and slipped to 4-5-3 overall and 2-3-2.

Forgione scored his first goal of the night just 49 seconds into the game, with freshman Chris White (Naperville, IL) and sophomore Dan Hickman (Hamden, Conn.) assisting. It was still a 1-0 game until PSC tallied three straight goals midway through the second period to take a 3-1 lead.

Sophomore Michal Bodnar (Czech Republic) put the Panthers on the board at 7:35 with a power play goal from junior Mike Jackson (Middleton, Mass.). Sophomore Kyle Poirier (Concord, N.H.) gave the Panthers the lead at 10:01 on a goal set up by freshman Jason Mitchell (Newburyport, Mass.), and freshman Rory Nickerson (West Chatham, Mass.) made it 3-1 with his first of the season at 16:25, with freshman Paul Feeney (Lowell, Mass.) assisting.

Plymouth State was assessed a major penalty 18 seconds later, and the Penmen capitalized. Freshman James Crank (West Bloomfield, Mich.) cut the deficit to 3-2 with a goal from junior Dan Brown (Tyngsboro, Mass.) at 18:45, and Forgione added his second of the game at 19:42, from White and Crank, to make it 3-3 heading into the third period.

White scored the eventual game-winner on the power play at 6:05, as Crank and Forgione picked up the assists.

Shots on goal were fairly even, with the visitors having a slight 29-27 advantage. Freshman Martin Stehl (Eugene, OR) earned the win with a 24-save effort, while PSC freshman Chris Hyson (Colchester, Conn.) made 25 saves.

PSC plays its next four games on the road, beginning Saturday at Assumption (7:30 p.m.). SNHU returns home to host UMass Dartmouth Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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