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February 21, 2009

Schneider leads PSU Men’s Ice Hockey past Worcester State

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         WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Freshman goalie Allen Schneider (Strongsville, Ohio) stopped 45 shots to record his first career shutout Saturday evening, lifting Plymouth State University to a 2-0 victory over Worcester State College in ECAC Northeast Conference men's ice hockey action at Waterville Valley Arena.

         Schneider was the difference, making 22 saves in the third period when the Lancers out-shot the home team, 22-4.  He withstood five WSC power play opportunities in the third period and 10 for the game.  Schneider improved his record to 9-8-2 with his sixth 40-plus save effort of the season, lowering his goals against average to 3.30 and upping his saves percentage to .916.

         PSU stopped a two-game slide and moved to 10-12-2 overall and 6-8-2 in conference play, while Worcester State is now 6-14-3 and 4-9-3.

         The Panthers got all the offense they needed with a pair of first-period goals.  Sophomore Sean Buckley (Sagamore, Mass.) netted the eventual game-winner at the 9:20 mark with his 10th of the season, and sophomore Seth McQuade (Manchester, N.H.) added an insurance marker at 14:24, his third of the year.

         That ended up as all the scoring, as the Lancers couldn't get one past Schneider.  WSC had 32 shots and eight power play opportunities over the final two periods, but came up empty each time.

         Junior Brian Robinson (Groveland, Mass.) was the tough-luck loser in the Worcester State goal despite allowing just two goals and making 25 saves.

         Both teams wrap up the regular season next week with make-up games.  PSU travels to Franklin Pierce on Monday for a 7:00 p.m. contest, while WSC resumes a suspended game against Johnson & Wales on Tuesday.

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