WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Senior Ryan Moore (Randolph, Mass.) scored two goals, including the eventual game-winner during a short-handed situation, and fifth-seeded Fitchburg State College went on to upset fourth-seeded Plymouth State University, 3-2, in the opening round of the ECAC Northeast Conference Men's Ice Hockey Tournament at Waterville Valley Arena.
Plymouth State outshot the visitors 48-22, but junior Devan McConnell (Lake Stevens, Wash.) made 46 saves for the Falcons. Fitchburg State improves to 14-9-3 overall and advances to the semifinals next Wednesday (Feb. 28), with its opponent to be determined. Plymouth State, which had a home play-off game for the third straight year, completes its season at 11-13-2.
Senior Jason Ledo (Somerset, Mass.) scored the only goal of the first period for the Falcons, finding the back of the net at 12:42. PSU started the second period with a two-man advantage, and tied the score on a power play tally by junior Chris Cadieux (Nashua, N.H.) just 52 seconds into the frame, but the lead didn't last long as Moore gave FSC the lead back with his first of the game at the 2:03 mark. The Panthers were looking to tie the game with another power play seven minutes later, but Moore tallied a shorthander for the eventual game-winner at 9:23. Freshman Ryan Paglinco (West Haven, Conn.) pulled the Panthers to within one with a power play goal at 13:20 of the middle frame, but that turned out to be end of the scoring.
Both teams had scoring opportunities the rest of the second period as well as the third stanza, but McConnell and PSU freshman goalie Erik Shields (Lebanon, Maine) held ground. Shields finished with 19 saves for PSU, but McConnell came up big as the Panthers outshot the Falcons 22-5 in the second period and 17-6 in the third.
Freshman Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.) picked up an assist for PSU and finishes as the team's scoring leader with 17 goals and 17 assists in 26 games.
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