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December 2, 2009

Chambers leads PSU Men’s Hockey past SNHU

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         MANCHESTER, N.H. - Senior Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.) registered a career-high five points on two goals and three assists Wednesday evening as Plymouth State University skated past Southern New Hampshire University, 8-3, in a non-conference men's ice hockey game at The Ice Den.

         Chambers outdid his previous career-high of four points, all coming on goals against SNHU on Nov. 26, 2006.  Sophomore Bryan Kriner (Newport, R.I.) added a pair of goals as PSU scored four unanswered markers in the third period to put the game away.  The Panthers improve to 5-1 overall on the year, while the Penmen are 2-5-2.

         Freshman Matt Aponte (Plano, Texas) and junior Sean Buckley (Sagamore, Mass.) each finished with a goal and two assists for PSU, while junior Andrew Stewart (O'Leary, PEI) and freshman Seth Phelan (Bristol, R.I.) each totaled a goal and an assist.

           John Frey (Westminster, Colo.), Troy Maybury (South Portland, Maine) and William Toomey (Reading, Mass.) each scored for the Penmen.

         Plymouth State got on the board just 17 seconds into the contest when Buckley scored his second of the season.  The Penmen tied the game at the 6:37 mark with Frey scoring .  Chambers gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead at the 11:30 mark and Kriner scored on a power play with 3:48 left in the first period to give Plymouth State a 3-1 lead. Maybury pulled the Penmen within a goal with 53 seconds left in the frame.

         The Penmen tied the game 4:06 into the second when Toomey recorded a short-handed goal.  PSU reclaimed the lead with 5:10 left in the period on a Phelan goal.  The Panthers then scored four times in the third, including goals by Aponte and Kriner 42 seconds apart midway through the period.

         Freshman Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden) made 29 saves in goal to earn the win for Plymouth State, while Penmen netminder Mike Mastracci (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 23 stops.  The Penmen outshot the Panthers 32-31.  PSU was 1-for-6 with the man advantage while the Penmen were unsuccessful on six tries on the power play.

         Plymouth State returns home to host Framingham State Saturday at Waterville Valley (6:00 p.m.)  Southern New Hampshire hosts Stonehill College Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Manchester's Verizon Wireless Arena. 

(Courtesy of Southern New Hampshre Sports Information) 

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