WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Plymouth State University jumped out to a 5-0 first-period lead Saturday night and held on for an 8-5 victory over Worcester State College in an ECAC Northeast Conference men's ice hockey game at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.
The Panthers won for the third straight game and fifth time in their last six outings. PSU is now 11-9-2 overall and 8-5-1 in conference play, while WSC dropped its ninth straight to conclude its season at 3-19-1 overall and 2-12-1 in the Northeast. The 11 wins for Plymouth State is the most since the 1998-99 team finished 13-12-0. PSU maintains fourth place in the Northeast, with one game left in the regular season.
Sophomore Derek Avakian (Edgartown, Mass.), who entered the game with one goal this season, scored twice to lead the PSU onslaught in the first period. Freshman Deni Bojadzic (Gotherburg, Sweden), senior Max Wernert (Greenwich, Conn.) and junior Dennis Kane (Westford, Mass.) also got on the board for the Panthers for a five goal advantage.
Sophomore Matt Davis (Candia, N.H.) put the Lancers on the board 11 seconds into the second period, but PSU answered back 22 seconds later on a goal by senior Michal Bodnar (Olomouc, Czech Rep.). WSC freshman Dan McLaughlin (Medford, Mass.) and senior Jared Grinkis (Sterling, Mass.) sandwiched goals around PSU sophomore Kyle Allen's (Shrewsbury, Mass.) first career score to make it a 7-3 PSU lead heading into the third period.
WSC freshman Matt Auwarter (Malvern, N.Y.) and senior Jason Rogato (Lynn, Mass.) tallied goals in the first 10 minutes to pull the Lancers to within two goals, but junior Paul Feeney (Lowell, Mass.) added an insurance goal for PSU with five minutes remaining.
Plymouth State outshot the visitors in all three periods, finishing with a 46-31 advantage, but Worcester State outscored the Panthers in the second and third stanzas. Senior Jon Coderre (Simsbury, Conn.) made 38 saves for the Lancers. Panther freshman Karl Helgesson (Lerum, Sweden) made 23 saves to earn the victory, but had to sit out 10 minutes of the third period to serve a penalty.
PSU wraps up the regular season Tuesday at Western New England (8:25 p.m.)
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