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November 30, 2008

PSU Men’s Ice Hockey nips Penmen in overtime

            HOOKSETT, Mass. - Sophomore defenseman Bryan Horrigan (Brookfield, Wis.) scored the game-winning goal a minute and 48 seconds into overtime Sunday afternoon to give Plymouth State University a 4-3 victory over Southern New Hampshire University in the consolation game of the 14th annual Police Athletic League Stovepipe Tournament at the Ice Den, hosted by SNHU.

            The Panthers came from behind three times against the Penmen, pulling out the win with a third-period power-play goal by freshman Justin Phenney (Brunswick, Ohio) to tie it and Horrigan's first goal of the season to win it.  PSU snapped a four-game losing streak and moved to 2-4 on the season, while SNHU dropped its third straight and fell to 2-3.  Plymouth State had won the previous three PAL Stovepipe Tournaments.

            UMass Boston pulled out the tournament championship with a 4-3 win over Tufts University, as the Beacons scored three times in the last eight minutes to pull out the win, including the game-winner with just two seconds left.

            The Penmen took their first lead midway through the first period on a goal by freshman Mark Smith (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.)  PSU evened the score a minute and a half later as sophomore Sean Buckley (Sagamore, Mass.) scored his first of the season, and it was 1-1 after one period.

            SNHU pulled ahead at 12:08 of the middle period when junior Ryan DiBartolomeo (Leominster, Mass.) lit the lamp.  Junior Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.) got that one back for PSU with 4:27 left in the second, but the Penmen regained the lead just 14 seconds later, thanks to a goal by Dave Carroll (Arlington, Mass.). Chambers has scored at least one goal in five of PSU's first six games this season, and has collected a team-leading seven goals.

            Plymouth State came back for the third time with Phenney's power play goal at 9:40 of the third period, setting the stage for Horrigan's overtime game-winner.

            Sophomore Kevin Crosby (Farmington, Conn.) earned the victory in the Panther goal, making 27 saves.  Sophomore Todd Rowley (Billerica, Mass.) finished with 29 saves in the Penmen net.

            PSU returns home for a pair of ECAC Northeast games this week at Waterville Valley Arena, hosting Nichols College on Wednesday and Salve Regina University on Saturday, both games at 6:00 p.m.  SNHU is back on the ice next Saturday at Stonehill (2:00 p.m.) 

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