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Southern Maine blanks PSU in men’s ice hockey

            GORHAM, Maine - Senior Dan Gordon (Lynnfield, Mass.) had two goals and two assists Tuesday afternoon to lead the University of Southern Maine past Plymouth State University, 6-0, in a non-conference men's ice hockey game at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win was the second straight for the Huskies who raised their record to 2-1.  The Panthers dropped their third straight to fall to 1-3.  The game was called at 6:24 of the third period due to a power failure.

            Southern Maine took the lead for good late in the first period when sophomore Paul Conter (Woodbridge, Ontario) beat PSU junior goalie Aaron Runner (Alpharetta, Ga.) with a 30-foot shot through a screen.

            Gordon potted a 5-on-3 power-play goal with 13 seconds left in the period to give USM a 2-0 advantage at the first break.  Sophomore Jon Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) and freshman Dan Rautenberg (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) drew the assists.

            Gordon pushed the margin to 3-0 with his second goal, set up by Rautenberg and junior Ryan Jean (Randolph, Maine), at 4:54 of the second.  Rutt scored his first of the season at 10:21 off assists from Rautenberg and Gordon.  Rautenberg lit the lamp at 15:52, assisted by Gordon and freshman Chris LaCount (South Easton, Mass.).  Junior Patrick Noonan (Burlington, Mass.) got the final goal at 19:14.

            Senior goalie Jamie Gilbert (Lewiston, Maine) posted his second career shutout for USM stopping all 13 shots he faced.  Runner stopped 16 of 20 shots before giving way to freshman Allen Schneider (Strongville, Ohio).  Schneider stopped 11 of 13 shots he faced.

            Southern Maine returns to action this weekend at the Babson College Invitational Tournament facing Manhattanville College in a first round game Saturday (1:00 p.m.).  Plymouth State will take on Tufts University on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in a first round game of the PAL/Stovepipe Tournament in Manchester, N.H. PSU is the three-time defending tournament champion. 

(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information) 

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