WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Junior Ryan Moreau (Worcester, Mass.) and freshman Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.) recorded two goals and one assist apiece Saturday evening and senior Nate Gardner (Manchester, N.H.) collected three assists as Plymouth State University skated to a 7-3 victory over Johnson & Wales University in ECAC Northeast Conference men's ice hockey action at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.
The Panthers scored five unanswered goals in the second and third periods, including consecutive goals by Moreau midway through the middle frame, to put the Wildcats away. PSU stops a two-game losing skid and improves to 7-3-0 in conference play, 8-11-1 overall, while JWU dips to 7-4-0 in the Northeast, 10-9-1 overall.
Senior Goose LaCroix (Moretown, Vt.) and Chambers potted first period markers to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead, but Johnson & Wales cut the margin in half with a power play goal by sophomore Mike O'Malley (Woonsocket, R.I.) with 1:17 remaining in the opening frame.
Moreau scored consecutive goals to open the second period scoring, doubling his season total and extending PSU's lead to 4-1. Junior Chris Cadieux (Nashua, N.H.) made it 5-1 after two periods with his sixth of the season for the home team.
Chambers scored his second of the game and team-leading 15th of the season early in the third period for PSU. Only four players in the league have more goals than Chambers, and he leads all freshmen scorers in the ECAC Northeast with 29 points.
Junior Shawn Roach (Grapevine, Texas) and freshman John Madsen (Somers, Conn.) rounded out the scoring for the Wildcats with third-period goals.
PSU finished with a 39-31 advantage in shots on goal. Freshman Erik Shields (Lebanon, Maine) made 24 saves and earned the victory before giving way to senior Brendan Fahy (Plymouth, Mass.) for the final three minutes. Junior Charlie Bacon (Hudson, Mass.) and freshman Brian Noiles (Burlington, Mass.) combined for 32 saves for the visitors.
PSU continues its three-game home stand on Wednesday with a 6:00 p.m. ECAC Northeast match-up against Suffolk University. JWU plays another key conference game Thursday at Fitchburg State (7:00 p.m.)
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