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Kane leads PSU Men’s Ice Hockey past Suffolk


- Junior Dennis Kane (Westford, Mass.) scored three goals Saturday evening, notching the hat trick with a goal to break a 5-5 tie with 2:10 left in the third period, and Plymouth State University finished off a 7-5 non-conference victory over Suffolk University at Boston University's Walter Brown Arena.

            Plymouth State won for the third game in a row to even its overall record at 5-5-2.  Suffolk, which converted three of 10 power play opportunities, dropped its second straight to fall to 3-6-0 overall.

            Kane scored twice in the first period as PSU overcame an early 2-0 Suffolk lead.  The Panthers went on to lead 3-2 after one period and 5-3 after two, but the Rams evened things up at 13:24 of the third, setting up Kane's third goal and an empty netter by freshman Goose LaCroix (Moretown, Vt.), his second score of the game.  Kane leads the Panthers in scoring with eight goals and 17 points.

            Freshmen Topo LaCroix (Moretown, Vt.) and Deni Bojadzic (Gothenburg, Sweden) also scored goals for PSU. Junior Paul Feeney (Lowell, Mass.) collected assists on all three of Kane's goals, and junior Rory Nickerson (West Chatham, Mass.) and sophomore Jay Londer (Philadelphia, Pa.) both recorded two assists.

            Suffolk senior Kevin Coakley (Duxbury, Mass.) also recorded a hat trick, scoring the first two goals of the game and adding the Rams' only goal of the second period. Senior Ricky Gigante (Medford, Mass.) and junior Mike Boles (Hingham, Mass.) tallied third period goals for Suffolk, Boles tying the game at 5-5 at 13:24.

            PSU freshman goalie Karl Helgesson (Lerum, Sweden) improved his record to 4-2-1 with a 17-save effort, while Suffolk junior netminder Greg Blais (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) finished with 25 saves.  The Panthers outshot the Rams, 32-22.

            The Panthers return home to host ECAC Northeast Conference foe Southern New Hampshire University Wednesday at Waterville Valley Ice Arena (6:00 p.m.), their only home game this month.  Suffolk gets right back into action Sunday, visiting Nichols.

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