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November 29, 2008

Tufts downs PSU Men’s Hockey in PAL Stovepipe Tourney

            HOOKSETT, Mass. - Tufts University scored four power play goals Saturday afternoon en route to a 5-1 victory over three-time defending champion Plymouth State University in the first game of the 14th annual Police Athletic League Stovepipe Tournament at the Ice Den, hosted by Southern New Hampshire University.

            The teams were square at 1-1 after the first period, each with a power play marker, but Tufts scored four unanswered goals over the final two periods to cement the victory.  The Jumbos, who had a 44-18 advantage in shots on goal, picked up their first victory of the season, improving to 1-2-0, while PSU dropped its fourth in a row and fell to 1-4-0.

            Tufts will face UMass Boston in the tournament title game on Sunday at 4:00 p.m., after PSU meets SNHU in the consolation game at 1:00 p.m.  UMB dumped the Penmen in Saturday's second game, 6-3.

            PSU junior Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.) continued his hot hand for the Panthers, scoring his team-leading sixth goal of the campaign. Chambers has scored at least one goal in four of PSU's first five games this season.

            Tufts freshman Evan Story (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and Chambers exchanged power play goals in the first period, Story at 11:23 and Chambers at 15:45. The Jumbos opened up a lead in the middle stanza with two more power-play goals. Tom Derosa (Charlestown, Mass.), a transfer from Merrimack, potted his first Tufts goal at 7:07, and sophomore Lindsay Walker (Castlegar, B.C.), last year's leading scorer, followed with his first of the season for a 3-1 margin at 10:24.

            Freshman Nick Resor (Westwood, Mass.) scored at 8:33 of the third period to give Tufts some breathing room. Sophomore Andy Davis (Woburn, Mass.) added a final power-play goal with 1:15 remaining on the clock to cap the Jumbo victory.

            Tufts freshman goalie Scott Barchard (Reading, Mass.) made 17 saves to collect his first career victory.  Freshman Allen Schneider (Strongsville, Ohio) tallied 39 saves in the Plymouth State net. 

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