Southern Maine hands PSU Men’s Ice Hockey fourth straight setback

GORHAM, Maine - Senior goalie David Beckles (Stamford, Conn.) stopped 21 shots and the University of Southern Maine Huskies received goals from seven different players Tuesday night en route to a 7-1 victory over the Plymouth State University Panthers in a non-conference men's hockey game at the USM Ice Arena.

The win lifts the Huskies' overall record to 6-4-0. Plymouth State dropped its fourth straight game to fall to 3-8-1.

The Huskies wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as sophomore Josh Giordani (Quincy, Mass.) found the net 47 seconds into the game off a feed from junior Mike Stevens (Dover, N.H.). Just over a minute later, rookie Chris Travis (Scituate, Mass.) made it 2-0 converting a feed from senior Chris Helms (Sandwich, Mass.).

Senior Marc Santuccio (Gloucester, Mass.) potted the Huskies third goal at 4:21, set up by Travis and freshman Tom Galiani (Lindenhurst, N.Y.). Helms scored his first collegiate goal in 83 games at the 16:41 mark. The Huskies had a 21-9 advantage in shots on goal in the period.

Plymouth State pocketed the only goal in the second period when senior Kyle Allen (Shrewsbury, Mass.) drove home the rebound of a shot by freshman Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.).

Southern Maine put the game away in the final period on goals by sophomore Ben Loss (Wilmette, Illinois.), Galiani and junior Dane Marshall (Yarmouth, Nova Scotia). USM senior forward Mark Carragher (Charlottetown, PEI) picked up two assists in the third period to increase his career scoring total to 99 points (48g, 51a), moving past Richard McSorley (1990-93) into second place on the all-time scoring list.

Plymouth State freshman goalie Mick Fitzpatrick (Lancaster, N.Y.) made 17 saves in the first period before being replaced by classmate Erik Shields at the start of the second period. Shields played the final 40 minutes and made 24 saves.

Southern Maine hits the road this weekend for road games at Wesleyan University on Friday (7:00 p.m.) and Trinity College on Saturday (3:00 p.m.). Plymouth State will host the nation's number one ranked team, Manhattanville College, on Friday (4:00 p.m.) at the Laconia (N.H.) Ice Arena.

(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)

-- 30 --