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PSU Men’s Ice Hockey settles for tie vs. Assumption

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         WORCESTER, Mass. - Assumption College scored a pair of power play goals in the last two minutes of regulation Saturday evening to pull out a 2-2 overtime time against Plymouth State University in an ECAC Northeast Conference men's ice hockey game at Buffone Rink.

         The Panthers appeared headed for victory, holding a 2-0 lead late in the third period.  But Assumption broke up the shutout at the 18:21 mark and notched the equalizer at 19:02, both coming with the man-advantage.  The IceDogs pulled out the tie to move their record to 3-10-4 overall and 2-5-3 in the ECAC Northeast, while PSU is unbeaten in its last six games (4-0-2) and is now 7-8-2 and 3-4-2.

         Freshman Chris Zaremba (Colorado Springs, Colo.) put the Panthers on the board at 16:55 of the first period with his eighth goal of the season and seventh in the last five games.  It stayed 1-0 until sophomore Sean Buckley (Sagamore, Mass.) lit the lamp at 5:33 of the third, giving the Panthers the two-goal advantage.

         The IceDogs mounted the comeback, thanks to power play goals by freshman Taylor Larsen (Blackstone, Mass.) and sophomore Matt Scioli (North Reading, Mass.).

         Freshman goalie Allen Schneider (Strongsville, Ohio) had a busy night in the Panther net and finished with 49 saves.  Freshman Nick Blanchette (Stuart, Fla.) was solid in the Assumption goal, making 44 saves. The home team finished with a 51-46 advantage in shots on goal.

         PSU puts its six-game unbeaten streak on the line Thursday with a conference game at Framingham State (7:20 p.m.)  Assumption is home again next Saturday against Franklin Pierce at 7:30 p.m. 

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