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February 14, 2004

Fitchburg State skates past PSU Ice Hockey

FITCHBURG, Mass. - Fitchburg State College used strong goaltending and a pair of power play goals Saturday night to propel the Falcons to a 4-1 victory over Plymouth State University in ECAC Northeast hockey action.

The Falcons received goals from four different players to secure their fourth consecutive win and improve to 8-11-2 overall and 6-6-2 in league play. PSU continues to struggle, having dropped three straight and eight of its last nine to fall to 7-13-0 overall and 3-10-0 in the Northeast.

Sophomore goalie Dan Gemme (Worcester, Mass.) did the job for the Falcons, stopping 30 of the 31 shots he faced. He made 11 saves in the first period when PSU had a 12-8 advantage in shots on goal.

It was a scoreless contest until Fitchburg freshman Stephen Schofield (Sherman Oaks, Cal.) and PSU's Chuck Hudson (Amityville, N.Y.) exchanged goals in the last two minutes of the first period. It was the first of the season for Hudson.

The hosts scored the only goal of the second period, as junior Lucas Colburn (Truro, Mass.) connected on the power play at 8:32 for what turned out to be the game-winner. Junior Rob Zapf (Woodbridge, Va.) added a man-advantage marker five minutes into the third period, and classmate Ian Palmer (Groton, Mass.) closed out the scoring with an insurance goal with nine minutes remaining.

Senior Michael Mansson (Wilson, Wyo.) took the loss in the Panther net, making 36 saves.

Plymouth State returns home to play three of its final four games at Waterville Valley Ice Arena, beginning Monday (2/16) with an ECAC Northeast match-up against Franklin Pierce (6:00 p.m.).

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