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PSU Men’s Ice Hockey rallies to defeat Southern New Hampshire

            HOOKSETT, N.H. - Freshman Seth McQuade (Manchester, N.H.) totaled a goal and two assists Wednesday night as the visiting Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team scored twice in the first 3:43 of the third period to take a 3-2 ECAC-Northeast victory over Southern New Hampshire University at The Ice Den.

            The Panthers snapped a four-game slide and improved to 5-8-2 and 2-3-1 in league play, while the Penmen are 8-6-1 and 5-4-1 in the league.

            PSU trailed 2-1 heading into the third period, but tied the score just 1:36 into the stanza when McQuade scored a power play goal on assists from Kyle Tobin (Kanata, Ont.) and David Rose (Haddon Township, N.J.).  The Panthers notched the eventual game-winner at the 3:43 mark when Bobby Dashner (Hyde Park, Mass.) scored with assists from Dave Dufresne (Dracut, Mass.) and McQuade.

            The Penmen had a chance to tie the game with 7:28 left when Bob Bryant (Nashua, N.H.) was pulled down on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot.  Bryant's attempt clanged off the left post.

            SNHU pulled goalie Matt Courchesne (Bow, N.H.) with 1:04 left in favor of an extra attacker but the hosts could not come up with the equalizer.

            The Penmen took a 1-0 lead 6:28 into the game when Bryant scored off a rebound of a blocked shot. Plymouth tied the game 1:20 before the first intermission on a Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.) power play tally.  Southern notched the lone goal of the second period when Brandon Sheehan (Bedford, MA) scored an unassisted, shorthanded goal that bounced off the pad of PSU netminder Karl Helgesson (Lerum, Sweden).

            Helgesson made 40 saves en route to the win for Plymouth State as the Penmen outshot the Panthers 42-27.  Courchesne made 24 stops for SNHU.  The Panthers were 2-6 with the power play while SNHU was 0-3 with the man advantage.

            Both teams return to action with ECAC Northeast Conference games this Saturday, as Southern New Hampshire travels to UMass-Dartmouth for a 4:30 contest and PSU hosts Assumption at 6:00 p.m. at Waterville Valley.

(Courtesy of Southern New Hampshire Sports Information)

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