HOOKSETT, N.H. - Sophomore Erik Shields (Lebanon, Maine) made 23 saves and classmate Dave Dufresne (Dracut, Mass./Bishop Guertin) scored a pair of goals Saturday afternoon to key Plymouth State University to a 3-0 victory over Suffolk University in the opening game of the 13th Annual Police Athletic League (PAL) Stovepipe Men's Ice Hockey Tournament at the Ice Den.
The Panthers pick up their first win of the season (1-1-1), while the Rams had a three-game winning streak stopped and dipped to 4-2-0. PSU will seek its third consecutive PAL Stovepipe Tournament title in Sunday's 4:00 p.m. championship game, facing Southern New Hampshire after the Penmen defeated UMass Boston, 8-5, in Saturday's second game.
Freshman David Rose (Haddon Township, N.J.) scored the only goal of the first period for Plymouth State, a power play marker at the 14:03 mark with Seth McQuade (Manchester, N.H./Jr. Monarchs) and senior Chris Cadieux (Nashua, N.H.) assisting.
The game stayed at 1-0 for nearly the next 40 minutes, as Shields stopped everything he faced for PSU and was matched by Suffolk freshman goalie Jeff Rose (Collinsville, Conn.). Dufresne finally broke the long draught with an unassisted goal with just 6:08 remaining in the third period, and then added the final goal, his second of the game and third of the season, with just over a minute to play.
PSU out-shot Suffolk 10-4 in the pivotal third period, and 28-23 for the game. Shields recorded his second career shutout in the Panther goal, and Rose finished with 25 saves for the Rams.
Plymouth State won its first PAL Stovepipe Tournament title in 2005 with an overtime victory over Saint Anselm and an overtime shootout win over SUNY Brockport in the championship game. PSU claimed last year's title with a shootout win over Brockport in the first round, and a 7-2 triumph over Southern New Hampshire in the championship contest.
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