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January 17, 2009

PSU Men’s Ice Hockey nips Cortland in overtime

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         TILTON, N.H. - Freshman Justin Phenney (Brunswick, Ohio) deflected home a shot from the point with just 45 seconds remaining in overtime Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University edged SUNY Cortland, 4-3, in a non-conference men's ice hockey game at The Tilton School Arena.

         The Panthers completed the weekend sweep of the Red Dragons following Friday night's 5-4 victory.  PSU has won three straight games and is 3-0-1 in its last four, improving to 6-8-1 overall, while Cortland dropped its fifth in a row and fell to 5-10-1.

         PSU junior Stephan Davis (Lafayette, Calif.) taliled the only goal of the first period to give the home team a 1-0 lead.  Cortland outscored the Panthers 3-1 in the second period, thanks to a pair of goals by freshman Ryan Markell (Columbus, Ohio) and one by sophomore Justin Porpora (Hauppauge, N.Y.).  The Panther goal in the period came off the stick of sophomore Bryan Horrigan (Brookfield, Wis.), but PSU trailed by one heading into the third period, 3-2.

         Sophomore Seth McQuade (Manchester, N.H.) scored the only goal of the third frame, tying things up at 3-3 at the 6:45 mark.  That ended up as all the scoring in regulation, sending the Panthers into overtime for the third time in their last four games.

         Cortland was whistled for a penalty late in overtime, and a PSU shot from the point by sophomore Kyle Tobin (Kanata, Ont.) with 45 seconds left in the game went in the goal off of Phenney for the game-winner.

         Shots on goal for the game were even at 40 apiece.  PSU freshman Allen Schneider (Strongsville, Ohio) recorded the win with a 37-save effort, while freshman Mike Reilly (New York City, N.Y.) took the loss despite making 36 stops.

         PSU returns to its home ice at Waterville Valley on Wednesday, hosting Southern New Hampshire in an ECAC Northeast contest (6:00 p.m.).  Cortland returns to SUNYAC play next Saturday with a visit to Oswego (7:00 p.m.)

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