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January 18, 2006

Feeney’s hat trick leads PSU Men’s Ice Hockey past SNHU

HOOKSETT, N.H. - Senior Paul Feeney (Lowell, Mass.) scored three goals Wednesday night to lead Plymouth State University to a 6-3 victory over Southern New Hampshire University in ECAC Northeast men's ice hockey action.

PSU improved to 8-5-1 overall and remained unbeaten (6-0-0) in the league. SNHU dropped to 7-6-3 overall and 5-3-1 in the league.

Sophomore Topo LaCroix (Moretown, Vt.) helped the PSU cause with a goal and an assist, while seniors Rory Nickerson (West Chatham, Mass.) and Dennis Kane (Westford, Mass.) both had two assists. SNHU got goals from junior Kyle Bousquet (East Longmeadow, Mass.), freshman Dave Carroll (Arlington, Mass.) and senior Chris White (Naperville, Ill.)

The Panthers opened the scoring 8:28 into the first period when Feeney deflected a shot by Nickerson past SNHU netminder Martin Stehl (Gold Bar, Wash.) PSU doubled its lead at 14:44 of the first when senior Matt Withers (Laconia, N.H.) one-timed a rebound past Stehl. The Penmen closed out the first period scoring with just 16 seconds left in the frame when Bousquet one-timed a pass from senior Justin Hurley (Peabody, Mass.) past PSU goalie Karl Helgesson (Lerum, Sweden).

The Panthers regained a two-goal lead 6:21 into the second period after LaCroix scored during a scramble in from the SNHU net, but the Penmen answered with two goals in the span 1:38. Carroll scored at 7:45 to cut the lead to 3-2, and White followed with his eighth goal of the year at 9:23.

The Panthers regained the lead just 1:19 into the final period, as junior Goose LaCroix (Moretown, Vt.) stripped a defender of the puck in the SNHU zone and slapped a shot home from the faceoff circle. Feeney gave the Panthers a 5-3 lead at 8:23 of the third, and completed his hat trick with a length-of-the-ice empty net goal with 30 seconds to play.

Stehl, who was forced to leave the game due to injury early in the third period, finished with 15 saves. Senior Tim Fewster (Kitchener, Ontario) finished the game for SNHU and stopped five shots. Helgesson stopped all eight shots he faced in the third period and finished with 23 saves for the Panthers.

Both teams return to league play this Saturday. SNHU travels to UMass-Dartmouth, while Plymouth State hosts Assumption at Waterville Valley (6:00 p.m.)

(Courtesy of Southern New Hampshire Sports Information)

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