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Lebanon Valley holds off PSU Ice Hockey

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Sophomore Cameron Vandeveer (Perry, Ohio) and freshman Andreas Wochtl (Stockholm, Sweden) had a goal and an assist each Saturday evening to lead Lebanon Valley College to a 2-1 victory over Plymouth State University in an ECAC Northeast Conference hockey game at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.

Plymouth State broke the shutout with less than two minutes remaining in the third period, but was unable to get the tying goal. The Flying Dutchmen, who have played in the ECAC Northeast Championship game the last three years, improve to 5-3-0 overall and 3-2-0 in league games, while PSU falls to 1-5-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the Northeast. Plymouth State's five losses this season have been by a total of seven goals.

The only goal of the first two periods came 4:37 into the opening frame, as Vandeveer got one past PSU goalie Michael Mansson (Wilson, Wyo.) with assists from Wochtl and sophomore Chris Finnerty (Lake George, N.Y.).

It remained a one-goal hockey game until Wochtl made it 2-0 with his first career goal, and the eventual game-winner, at 4:49 of the third, with Vandeveer and senior Doug MacCormack (Palmyra, Pa.) assisting. PSU pulled to within a goal at 18:01 of the third period when junior Michal Bodnar (Olomouc, Czech Rep.) potted his first of the season, with sophomore Nick DeBaggis (Topsfield, Mass.) and freshman Mykul Haun (Alameda, Cal.) collecting assists on the play, but the Panthers could get no closer.

The Flying Dutchmen finished with a 32-22 advantage in shots on goal. Both teams went 0-for-9 on the power play. Mansson stopped 30 shots in the Panther net, while sophomore Joe Burley (Waddington, N.Y.) made 21 saves for the visitors.

The game went on despite the winter storm going on outside. PSU came within a goal of Lebanon Valley after losing the last four meetings with the Flying Dutchmen by a combined score of 31-5. LVC will move from the ECAC Northeast to the ECAC West at the end of this season.

PSU closes out the first semester next Saturday (12/13) with a Northeast Conference game at Nichols College (7:30 p.m.). Lebanon Valley doesn' t play again for a month, a Jan. 6 home contest against Cortland State (7:00 p.m.).

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