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February 17, 2003

ECAC Honors for Toutain and Kane

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two members of the Plymouth State College ice hockey team were honored by the ECAC Northeast Conference Monday for their roles in three Panther games last week.

Junior Matt Toutain (Lewiston, Maine) was selected Northeast Conference Player of the Week, and freshman Dennis Kane (Westford, Mass.) was named to the league's Weekly Honor Roll. The honors came after PSC posted a 1-1-1 mark in three outings last week.

A junior forward, Toutain registered five points (three goals, two assists) in the three games. He scored two third-period goals in PSC's 6-4 win over Suffolk, tying the game at 3-3 with his first and breaking a 4-4 tie with 2:05 remaining with his second of the game. Toutain added another goal in PSC's 5-2 loss to Fitchburg, and finished his week with a pair of assists in a 5-5 overtime tie against Salve Regina.

A freshman forward, Kane tallied three goals in three games, scoring once in each game to extend his goal-scoring streak to four contests. He started PSC's comeback against Suffolk, scoring the first of the team's five third-period goals. Kane tied Saturday's game against Fitchburg at 1-1 with a first-period goal, and he scored the game-tying goal against Salve with 11 seconds remaining in regulation. He leads the team and is tied for second in the conference among freshman goal scorers with 14.

PSC, 5-11-4 overall and 3-8-3 in the conference, is still alive for a post-season berth, but needs some help. The Panthers must win their final two league games over Worcester State and Western New England, and hope that Suffolk and Worcester State falter in their final games.

PANTHER NOTES: Freshman Rory Nickerson (West Chatham, Mass.) registered his first career hat trick in last Wednesday's win over Suffolk. He also picked up two assists last week, and shares the team assist lead (11) with junior defenseman Bryan Croft (Penacook, N.H.)...Sophomore Kyle Poirier (Concord, N.H.) added two more power play goals against Salve, giving him a team-leading eight PPGs (out of his nine total). He is tied for second in the league in goals with the man-advantage.

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