MILTON, Mass. - Freshman Steven Mohler (Anaheim, Calif.) scored the game-winning goal with 5:05 left in the third period Thursday evening as Curry College pulled out a 4-3 victory over Plymouth State University in an ECAC Northeast Conference men's ice hockey contest at Max Ulin Rink.
Mohler's goal came just a minute and 17 seconds after PSU had battled back from two goals down to tie the game at 3-3. The win keeps Curry in a tie for second place in the Northeast with a 10-1-1 league record, 14-4-2 overall, while the upset-minded Panthers dropped to 8-10-2 overall and 4-6-2 in the Northeast.
Plymouth State took the lead at 8:14 of the first period when freshman Chris Zaremba (Colorado Springs, Col.) scored his 11th goal of the season. Four minutes later, freshman Christopher Smith (Brighton, Mich.) and senior Jeffrey Hazelwood (Dublin, Calif.) scored consecutive goals a minute and 15 seconds apart to give Curry a 2-1 after one period.
Curry freshman Ryan Barlock (Niles, Ill.) extended the score to 3-1 with a power play goal two minutes into the second period. Freshman Justin Phenney (Cleveland, Ohio) got one back for PSU at the 5:51 mark, and the Panthers hung to within a goal through the end of the second period.
After each team came up empty on a third period power play opportunity in the first 12 minutes of the third period, junior Stephan Davis (Lafayette, Calif.) scored for PSU to tie the game at 3-3 with 6:22 remaining, with an assist from classmate Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.). The deadlock didn't last long, as Mohler scored the eventual game-winner with 5:05 on the clock.
Curry finished with a 45-28 advantage in shots on goal. PSU freshman netminder Allen Schneider (Strongsville, Ohio) finished with 41 saves, and Curry goalie Zach Cardella (Spokane, Wash.) made 25 stops.
After playing four straight road games, PSU will be on home ice this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. with a conference game at Waterville Valley against Johnson & Wales University. Curry continues a three-game home stand Tuesday against Westfield State.
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