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December 3, 2008

Nichols skates past Plymouth State in men’s ice hockey

         WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Sophomore Will Munson (Corona, Calif.) scored two goals Wednesday evening to lead Nichols College to a 5-2 victory over Plymouth State University in an ECAC Northeast Conference men's ice hockey game at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.

         Nichols led the entire game but needed an insurance goal with three minutes remaining and an empty-net goal in the final minute to seal the victory.  The Bison (8-1 overall, 4-0 in the ECAC Northeast) remain undefeated in conference play, bouncing back from a 10-0 non-conference loss to New England College in their last outing, while PSU falls to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the Northeast.

         Sophomore Matt Sayer (Lowell, Mass.) scored the only goal of the first period for Nichols, notching his third of the season at the 13:45 mark. The Bison added two goals in the first four minutes of the second period, Munson's first of the night and one by senior Anthony Monte (Chicago, Ill.), to make it a 3-0 game. The goal marked Monte's 142nd career point, moving him into second place alone on Nichols' all-time scoring list, ahead of Dave Delmonico, who recorded 141 points from 1974-78.

         Plymouth State got on the board with a key goal by sophomore Andrew Stewart (O'Leary, PEI) with just 24 seconds remaining in the middle frame.  The Panthers carried the momentum into the third period, and pulled to within a goal at the 8:22 mark on a goal by senior Dave Dufresne (Dracut, Mass.)

         That's as close as the Panthers would come, as Munson's second of the game and team-leading seventh of the season at 16:55 gave the Bison some breathing room.  Senior Cole Ruwe (Pekin, Ill.) rounded out the scoring with the empty-netter.

         Nichols finished with a 44-36 advantage in shots on goal.  Senior Keith Fink (Easton, Md.) recorded the win in the Bison goal with 34 saves, while sophomore Kevin Crosby (Farmington, Conn.) made 39 stops in the Panther goal.

         PSU plays another conference home game on Saturday at Waterville Valley, hosting Salve Regina at 6:00 p.m.  Nichols returns home to host Becker on Sunday at 8:30 p.m.

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