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January 19, 2005

Southern N.H. holds off PSU Men’s Hockey

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Freshman Brandon Hammermeister (Calgary, Alb.) scored two goals Wednesday evening to lead Southern New Hampshire University to a 5-4 win over Plymouth State University in an ECAC Northeast Conference men's hockey game at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.

The Panthers came from behind twice, tying the game at 1-1 after one period and 3-3 after two, but the Penmen scored in the opening minute of the third period and Hammermeister's second goal with 2:39 remaining stood up as the game-winner.  SNHU, which is 8-1-1 in its last 10 games, improves to 12-2-2 overall and 8-1-2 in the Northeast. PSU, which handed the Penmen one of their two defeats earlier this season at the PAL Stovepipe Tournament in Hooksett, N.H., had its three-game winning streak stopped and fell to 5-6-2 overall and 2-2-1 in conference play.

Freshman Ryan Moreau (Worcester, Mass.) scored two goals for the Panthers, including PSU's first-period goal as well as the final goal as the third period expired.  Freshman Deni Bojadzic (Gothenburg, Sweden) and senior Max Wernert (Greenwich, Conn.) also collected a goal and an assist apiece.

Junior Chris White (Naperville, Ill.) gave the Penmen a 1-0 lead, but Moreau tied it up in the final minute of the first period.  Hammermeister and freshman Dan Acropolis (Brick Township, N.J.) gave the visitors a 3-1 lead, but Bojadzic and Wernert answered with goals two minutes apart to even things at 3-3 heading into the final frame.

Senior Chris Russo (Levittown, N.Y.) scored for the Penmen 41 seconds into the final period, and Hammermeister added the eventual game-winner at 17:21 before Moreau rounded out the scoring for PSU.

Junior Martin Stehl (Goldbar, Wash.) was strong in the Penmen net, making 27 saves.  He made 13 stops in the middle period when PSU outshot SNHU 15-7.  Freshman goaltender Karl Helgesson (Lerum, Sweden) recorded 20 saves as Plymouth State finished with a 31-25 advantage in shots.

Plymouth State is back in action Saturday with a conference game at Assumption (7:30 p.m.)  SNHU returns home to host UMass Dartmouth Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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