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November 26, 2006

Plymouth State Men’s Ice Hockey captures second straight PAL Stovepipe Tournament title

HOOKSETT, N.H. - Freshman Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.) scored four goals and fellow rookie Mick Fitzpatrick (Lancaster, N.Y.) made 33 saves Sunday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a 7-2 victory over host Southern New Hampshire University in the championship game of the 12th Annual Police Athletic League (PAL) Stovepipe Tournament at the Ice Den.

Plymouth State claimed its second-straight tournament trophy. Chambers, who also collected a game-tying goal in regulation and the winning goal in PSU's shootout victory on Saturday, earned the Michael Briggs Memorial Most Valuable Player Award. Fitzpatrick, who stopped 70 of 73 shots in two games, was named to the All-Tournament Team.

PSU's other two All-tournament selections, junior Chris Cadieux (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore Pat Turcotte (Goffstown, N.H.) helped the PSU cause with two goals and three assists, respectively, while all-tournament selection Dominic DiMarzo (East Boston, Mass.) and junior Chris Gunn (Wethersfield, Conn.) scored for the Penmen.

SNHU (4-2-0) outshot the Panthers 16-2 in the first period, but the teams entered the first intermission tied at 1-1. Chambers scored for PSU (2-4-1) just 20 seconds after the opening face-off, and the Penmen got the equalizer with 27 seconds left in the period.

A powerplay goal by DiMarzo just 1:15 into the second period gave the Penmen a 2-1 lead. The Panthers knotted the game at 2-2 when freshman Ryan Paglinco (West Haven, Conn.) scored his first career goal with 6:13 left in the second period. Plymouth State took control with three unanswered goals in the final 1:37 of the second period, two by Chambers and one by Cadieux.

The Panthers maintained their 5-2 lead and secured the win midway through the final frame with two goals in the span of 1:22. Chambers netted his fourth of the game during a powerplay at 10:09 of the third, and Cadieux closed out the scoring with a powerplay goal at 11:31. Chambers leads the team with eight goals and four assists in seven games.

Plymouth State went 4-of-9 during extra-man situations in the game, while the Penmen went just 2-for-10.

Fitzpatrick, who stopped 37 of 38 shots in a 1-1 OT tie with Brockport in the opening round, gave way to senior Brendan Fahy (Plymouth, Mass.) with four minutes left in the third.

The all-tournament team consisted of defensemen Pat Turcotte (PSU) and Kyle Bousquet (SNHU), forwards Chris Chambers (PSU), Chris Cadieux (PSU) and Dominic DiMarzo (SNHU) and goaltender Mick Fitzpatrick (PSU).

PSU returns to ECAC Northeast Conference action in its next outing on Saturday, Dec. 2, against Salve Regina at Waterville Valley Ice Arena (6:00 p.m.)

(Courtesy of SNHU Sports Information)

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