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January 19, 2008

Late goal in overtime lifts Becker past PSU Men’s Ice Hockey

         LACONIA, N.H. - Junior Chris Reilly (Lexington, Mass.) knocked in a rebound with just 27 seconds remaining in overtime Saturday night, giving Becker College a 3-2 victory over Plymouth State University in an ECAC Northeast Conference men's ice hockey game at Laconia Ice Arena.

         It was a tight, defensive battle the entire way.  After a scoreless first period, sophomore Jared Kersner (Rockville, Md.) put the visiting Hawks on the board with a shorthanded goal at the 6:51 mark.  That ended up as the only goal in the first 40 minutes as the goaltenders, senior Karl Helgesson (Lerum, Sweden) of PSU and sophomore Tony Stoehr (DePere, Wis.) of Becker, stopped everything else they saw.

         There was a flurry in the first minute of the third period. A Becker minor penalty led to a PSU power play goal just 25 seconds in the period by sophomore Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.), but any momentum for the Panthers was quickly thwarted just 20 seconds later when junior John Nogatch (Kirkland, Wash.) answered for Becker to give the Hawks the lead back.

         PSU pulled even again with just under nine minutes remaining in the third on freshman Andrew Stewart's (O'Leary, PEI) first career goal.  The Panthers had a power play in the final three minutes of regulation, but couldn't convert it and the teams went to overtime tied at 2-2 where Reilly won it for Becker.

         Kersner finished with a goal and two assists for the Hawks. Chambers had a goal and an assist for PSU, and freshman Seth McQuade (Manchester, N.H.) picked up assists on both Panther goals.

         Stoehr finished with 28 saves for Becker, and Helgesson made 26 stops for Plymouth State.

         PSU, now 4-8-2 overall and 1-3-1 in the ECAC Northeast, is back in action Wednesday with a conference game at Southern New Hampshire University (7:30 p.m.) The Hawks, now 7-8-1 overall and 4-3-0 in the ECAC Northeast, skate again Tuesday at Curry College (7:35 p.m.)

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