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PSU Men’s Ice Hockey comes back to defeat Cortland

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         TILTON, N.H. - Sophomore Sean Buckley (Sagamore, Mass.) and freshman Chris Zaremba (Colorado Springs, Colo.) scored two goals apiece Friday night to lead Plymouth State University to a 5-4 victory over Cortland State in a non-conference men's ice hockey game played at The Tilton School.

         Zaremba's second goal was the game-winner, breaking a 4-4 tie with 6:44 remaining in the third period.  Zaremba, who had one goal in his first 12 games this season, has five goals in his last two outings.  Buckley doubled his season goal total as the Panthers won their second straight game to improve to 5-8-1 overall.

         Sophomore defenseman Kyle Tobin (Kanata, Ont.) also scored a goal and an assist for the Panthers, and sophomore Seth McQuade (Manchester, N.H.) and freshman Justin Phenney (Brunswick, Ohio) picked up two assists apiece.

         The outcome spoiled a strong night for the Cortland line of sophomore Jarrett Gold (East Setauket, N.Y.), junior Patrick Palmisano (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and senior Mike Maier (Rochester, N.Y.), who combined to score all four goals.  Gold recorded two goals and two assists, Palmisano had two goals and one assist, and Maier collected three assists.  Cortland dropped its fourth straight game and fell to 5-9-1.

         Gold and Buckley traded goals in the opening five minutes of the first period, with Buckley's tally coming while short-handed.  Palmisano scored with two second left in the frame to put the Red Dragons up by one.

         PSU outscored Cortland 3-1 in the first six minutes of the second period, with Buckley, Tobin and Zaremba finding the net for PSU, surrounding Palmisano's second of the night for Cortland.  Gold's second of the game on a power play at 10:23 of the second tied the game at 4-4, and it stayed that way until Zaremba's game-winner at 13:16 of the third.

         The visitors finished with a narrow 46-43 advantage in shots on goal.  Freshman goalie Allen Schneider (Strongsville, Ohio) earned the win for PSU with 42 saves, while senior Mike Mistretta (Buffalo, N.Y.) turned aside 38 shots in the Cortland net.

         The two teams will play again on Saturday at The Tilton School, with a 1:00 p.m. opening face-off.

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