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PSU Men’s Ice Hockey skates past Salve Regina

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         WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Junior Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.) scored a pair of goals Saturday evening to lead the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team to a 5-3 victory over Salve Regina University in an ECAC Northeast Conference game at Waterville Valley Arena.

         Plymouth State came from behind to pull out the win, scoring three unanswered goals in the second period and first 10 minutes of the third.  Salve stayed into the game until Chambers' second goal, an empty-netter, clinched the win for the home team.  PSU is now 3-5 overall and 2-3 in conference play, while Salve slips to 1-8-2 overall and 1-5-1 in the ECAC Northeast.

         PSU jumped on the board first on the first goal of the season by sophomore Tim Vlcek (LaGrange Park, Ill.) five minutes into the contest.  The Seahawks responded with a pair of goals to take the lead, sophomore Bryan Russell (Essex Jct., Vt.) lighting the lamp at 14:09 and junior Pat Bambery (Braintree, Mass.) scoring on the power play at 17:30.

         Chambers scored his first of the night on the power play at 5:44 of the second period on a deflection in front, and sophomore Bryan Horrigan (Brookfield, Wis.) gave PSU the lead back with a power play marker later in the period, getting his shot from the point through a screen in front of the goal.

         Panther freshman Justin Phenney (Brunswick, Ohio) made it a two-goal game with his third of the season midway through the third period.  Sophomore Ryan Petersen (Shrewsbury, Mass.) cut the margin to one for Salve with 4:50 remaining, but Chambers sealed the win with his team and conference-leading ninth of the season at 19:39.

         PSU finished with a 41-27 advantage in shots on goal.  Panther freshman goalie Allen Schneider (Strongsville, Ohio) earned the win with a 24-save effort.  Sophomore Pat Enloe (Stuart, Fla.) made 36 saves for the Seahawks.

         PSU is back in action Wednesday with a conference game against Becker College at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, Mass. (7:55 p.m.) Salve skates again Tuesday at Western New England College (7:20 p.m.) 

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