WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Junior Chris Cadieux (Nashua, N.H.) recorded a goal and an assist Wednesday evening to lead the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team to a 3-2 victory over Southern New Hampshire University in ECAC Northeast Conference action at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.
Cadieux scored a power play goal to give the Panthers an early lead, and assisted on a PSU shorthanded goal, the eventual game winner, midway through the second period. That strike game the Panthers a 3-0 advantage, but Southern New Hampshire battled back with a pair of third period goals to cut the margin to one goal with 14 minutes to play. That ended up as the final as neither team could score the rest of the way.
PSU collected its third win in a row and fourth straight conference victory, improving to 6-9-1 overall and 5-1-0 in the ECAC Northeast. Southern N.H. dropped its six consecutive game and dipped to 6-9-0 overall and 5-4-0 in league play.
Cadieux's power play goal at 3:29 and an even-strength goal by junior Ryan Moreau (Worcester, Mass.) at 5:04 staked the Panthers to an early 2-0 lead. Senior Jay Londer (Philadelphia, Pa.) made it 3-0 at 12:58 of the second when he scored on a partial breakaway set up by Cadieux.
Senior Ken Burlage (Dover, N.H.) put the Penmen on the board with a power play goal in the first minute of the third period, and junior Brandon Hammermeister (Calgary, Alb.) pulled SNHU to within one at the 6:10 mark. But that was the end of the scoring, despite the teams combining for 24 shots on goal in the third period.
PSU finished with a 45-31 advantage in shots. Freshman Erik Shields (Lebanon, Maine) earned the victory with a 29-save effort, while sophomore Matt Courchesne (Bow, N.H.) had a solid night in the Penmen net, stopping 42 of the 45 shots he faced.
Plymouth State had defeated SNHU 7-2 earlier this season in the championship game of the PAL Stovepipe Tournament over Thanksgiving weekend.
The Panthers hit the road for their next three games, beginning Saturday at Assumption College (7:30 p.m.) The Penmen return home to host league-leading UMass Dartmouth on Saturday (7:30 p.m.)
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