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PSU Men’s Ice Hockey dumps Southern New Hampshire

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         WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Sophomore Chris Cantara (Pelham, N.H.) scored one goal and assisted on two others Wednesday evening to lead Plymouth State University to a 4-2 victory over Southern New Hampshire University in an ECAC Northeast Conference men's ice hockey game at Waterville Valley Arena.

         Plymouth State won its fourth straight game and remained unbeaten in its last five (4-0-1), improving to 7-8-1 overall and 2-4-1 in league play. The Penmen have dropped four of their last five to drop to 5-7-0 overall and 5-5-0 in the ECAC Northeast.

         Sophomore Andrew Hildreth (Leominster, Mass.) put the Penmen on the board first win an unassisted goal three minutes into the contest.  That was all the offense SNHU could muster until late in the second period.

         The Panthers, meanwhile, rattled off four unanswered goals.  Freshman Chris Zaremba (Colorado Springs, Colo.) scored his seventh of the year and sixth in the last four games to tie the game at 1-1 at the 7:05 mark of the first. Cantara and sophomore Tommy Woods (Nashua, N.H.) set up sophomore Sean Buckley (Sagamore, Mass.) for a power play goal three minutes later to put PSU ahead, 2-1, after one period.

         Senior Dave Dufresne (Dracut, Mass.) made it 3-1 at 12:39 of the second period, with assists from Cantara and sophomore Kyle Tobin (Kanata, Ont.), and Cantara tacked on another for PSU just 36 seconds later.  Freshman Mark Smith (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) stopped the bleeding for SNHU and tallied a power play goal with just over four minutes left in the second period.

         There was no scoring in the third period as the teams combined for only seven shots on goal.  PSU finished with a 29-27 advantage in shots for the game.

         Freshman goalie Allen Schneider (Strongsville, Ohio) earned his fourth straight win in the Panther net as both he and SNHU sophomore Todd Rowley (Billerica, Mass.) made 25 saves.

         Plymouth State plays its next four games on the road, beginning Saturday at Assumption (6:30 p.m.)  SNHU returns home to host UMass Dartmouth Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

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