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February 18, 2008

Stonehill defeats Plymouth State Men’s Ice Hockey

         WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Senior Anthony Zanetti (Ludlow, Mass.) recorded a goal and two assists and freshman goalie Mike Manna (Framingham, Mass.) made 40 saves Monday evening to lead Stonehill College to a 4-1 victory over Plymouth State University in an ECAC Northeast Conference game at Waterville Valley Arena.

         Stonehill led 1-0 after the first period on a goal four minutes into the game by senior Rob Carpenter (Cohasset, Mass.).  The Skyhawks pulled away in the second period with three unanswered goals.  Zanetti scored a short-handed marker at 11:07, junior Paul Reissfelder (Plymouth, Mass.) followed with an even-strength goal at 12:53, and junior Brendan O'Brien (Braintree, Mass.) made it 4-0 with a power play goal during a 5-on-3 situation at 16:53.

         The Panthers did not give up, and came out and dominated the third period, outshooting the Skyhawks 18-1 in the final 20 minutes.  Sophomore Dave Dufresne (Dracut, Mass.) put the Panthers on the board with an unassisted goal at the 4:02 mark, but Manna had the answer to the other 17 Panther shots the rest of the way.  PSU had three power play attempts in the third period, including almost two minutes of a 5-on-3 advantage, but couldn't put another one past Manna.

         Senior Karl Helgesson (Lerum, Sweden) played the first two periods in the Panther goal and made 14 saves.  Freshman Kevin Crosby (Farmington, Conn.) came on for the third period and needed to make only one save.

         PSU (8-11-3, ECAC Northeast 5-6-2) is home again on Wednesday for Senior Night at Waterville Valley, hosting Franklin Pierce College (6:00 p.m.)  Stonehill (10-7-1, ECAC NE 9-5-0) returns home to host Southern New Hampshire on Wednesday (7:50 p.m.)

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