WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Six different players scored goals as Wentworth Institute of Technology skated past Plymouth State University Saturday night, 6-4, in an ECAC Northeast Conference hockey game at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.
Plymouth State came from three down to pull within one goal twice in the third period, but Wentworth sealed the win with the an empty-net goal in the final minute. The Leopards maintain a share of first place in the Northeast Conference as they improve to 9-1-0 in league play, 10-7-2 overall, while PSU drops to 6-9-0 overall and 2-6-0 in the Northeast.
The outcome continued PSU's remarkable string of close games, as all 15 decisions this season have been decided by two goals or less. The Panthers have also been a streaky team this year; since a season-opening win over Stonehill, PSU has had consecutive streaks of five losses, then five wins, then four losses.
Senior Matt Toutain (Lewiston, Maine) gave PSU an early lead with a goal at 2:25 of the first, but Wentworth scored the next four goals of the game. Junior Ben Gorton (Fairfield, Vt.) and freshman Ryan Singer (Kamloops, B.C.) gave the Leopards a 2-1 lead by the end of the first period, and sophomore Nicholas Legare (Saint Raymond, Que.) and freshman Adam Ysasi (Phoenix, Az.) made it 4-1 in the first eight minutes of the middle frame.
PSU battled back with a power play goal from senior Mike Jackson (Middleton, Mass.) with five minutes to go in the second and sophomore Dan Butler's (Gales Ferry, Conn.) first goal of the season four minutes into the third, pulling the Panthers to within one at 4-3. After junior Jayden Der (New Westminster, B.C.) gave Wentworth its two-goal lead back, PSU again got to within one with a power play goal by freshman Mykul Haun (Alameda, Cal.) with 3:16 on the clock. But an empty-netter by senior Alex Marinkovich (Kelowna, B.C.) at 19:04 clinched it for the Leopards.
Senior Raj Bhangoo (Caladon East, Ont.) made 21 saves for the Leopards and senior Michael Mansson (Wilson, Wyo.) made 38 saves for the Panthers as Wentworth outshot the hosts, 44-25.
Both teams play conference games again Tuesday as Plymouth State hosts Curry (6:00 p.m.) and Wentworth travels to Nichols (8:00 p.m.).
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