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January 6, 2009

Plymouth State and WNEC tie in men’s ice hockey

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            SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Playing for the first time since December 12, Western New England College scored twice in the second period Tuesday night to gain a 2-2 tie with visiting Plymouth State University in an ECAC Northeast men's ice hockey game at Smead Arena.

            The Panthers took a 2-0 lead after the opening period following goals by senior forward Chris Cantara (Pelham, N.H.) at the 7:51 mark and sophomore defenseman Kyle Tobin (Kanata, Ont) on a power play at 15:57. Sophomore  forward Seth McQuade (Manchester, N.H.) assisted on the opening score while junior forward Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.) earned the assist on the second goal.

            WNEC rallied pulling within one when senior forward Craig Reyell (West Chazy, N.Y.) scored on a power play at 4:49 with assists from freshman center Kory Grahl (San Diego, Calif.) and senior forward Mike Majesty (Chicago, Ill.)  A pair of freshmen knotted the game when forward Mike Kaselouskas (East Longmeadow, Mass.) scored at 16:31 with assist from defenseman Joe Deptula
(Anchorage, Alaska).

            The Golden Bears had a 10-6 advantage in shots in the third period and a 2-1 margin in overtime, but neither team was able to score.  WNEC out-shot the Panthers for the game, 40-22.

            Plymouth State freshman goalie Allen Schneider (Strongsville, Ohio) finished with 38 saves while junior Dennis Harrsch (Morrisonville, N.Y.) stopped 20 shots for WNEC.

            The Golden Bears now have a 1-9-1 record (1-6-1 in the ECAC Northeast) while the Panthers are 3-8-1 (2-4-1 ECAC NE).  PSU is idle for a week before returning to action next Tuesday, Jan. 13, with a non-conference game against New England College at Everett Arena in Concord, N.H. (7:00 p.m.) 

(Courtesy of WNEC Sports Information) 

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