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January 12, 2008

Cortland completes weekend sweep of PSU Men’s Ice Hockey

            CORTLAND, N.Y. - Four different players scored goals Saturday afternoon to lead the SUNY Cortland men's hockey team to a 4-1 victory over Plymouth State University in the second game of a weekend series at Alumni Arena. The Red Dragons won their fifth consecutive game and evened their record at 8-8-1 on the season, while the Panthers fell to 4-6-2.

            Sophomore Patrick Palmisano (Ann Arbor, Mich.) led Cortland with a goal and two assists. Freshman Jarrett Gold (East Setauket, N.Y.) recorded a goal and an assist, and junior Mike Maier (Rochester, N.Y.) and freshman Brent Fallon (Endicott, N.Y.) each added a goal.

            Sophomore Dave Dufresne (Dracut, Mass.) scored the Panthers' lone goal off assists from senior Bobby Dashner (Hyde Park, Mass.) and sophomore Chris Cantara (Pelham, N.H.)

            Cortland finished with a 45-18 advantage in shots on goal. PSU freshman goalie Kevin Crosby (Farmington, Conn.) registered 41 saves, while junior Mike Mistretta (Buffalo, N.Y.) made 17 saves in the Cortland goal to raise his season record to 7-5-1.

            Fallon gave the Red Dragons a 1-0 lead at 15:23 of the opening period with a power-play goal. Gold then notched his ninth of the season and seventh in the last four games at 17:57 when he deflected junior Mike Egan's (Smithtown, N.Y.) shot from the point past Crosby, also on the power play.

            The Panthers cut the margin to 2-1 at 5:02 of the second period when Dufresne knocked in a loose puck in front with the man advantage.

            Cortland completed the scoring with a pair of goals 80 seconds apart midway through the second period. Palmisano scored on a high wrist shot from the left side at 9:34 and Maier found the open side of the net at 10:54.

            PSU plays another non-conference road game Tuesday with a visit to New England College (7:00 p.m.)  Cortland plays its seventh straight home game Tuesday against SUNY Morrisville (7:00 p.m.)

(Courtesy of Cortland Sports Information)

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