WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Freshman Justin Quinn (Braintree, Mass.) scored two goals Thursday evening as Fitchburg State College doubled up Plymouth State University, 8-4, in a Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey game at Waterville Valley Arena.
Plymouth State had its three-game win streak stopped, dropping to 6-2 overall, while Fitchburg State won its second in a row and moved to 4-2-1. Both teams are now 3-2 in MASCAC play.
The host Panthers scored two goals in the first 30 seconds of the game but couldn't maintain the lead, as Fitchburg State tallied four unanswered first-period goals to go ahead, 4-2. After PSU got one back late in the opening period and another in the first minute of the second frame to even the score at 4-4, the Falcons shut down the Panthers the rest of the way. Fitchburg got the eventual game-winner with a power play goal in the final minute of the second period, and iced the contest with three unanswered third-period markers.
Senior Andrew Hutton (Brewster, Mass.), junior Erik Trahan (Manville, R.I.) and sophomore Thomas McAleer (East Islip, N.Y.) all collected a goal and an assist for the winners, while junior Chris Riggs (Sewell, N.J.) picked up three assists. Sophomores Kris Threlkeld (Centerville, Ohio), Bryan Canter (Anchorage, Alaska) and Kevin McCready (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) also lit the lamp for the Falcons.
Sophomore Bryan Kriner (Newport, R.I.) led the Panthers with a pair of goals and an assist, scoring one in the first minute of the first period and one in the opening minute of the second period. Freshman Richie Zobak Evergreen Park, Ill.) scored for PSU 11 seconds into the contest, and sophomore Jake Curtin (Concord, N.H.) added a goal late in the opening frame.
Fitchburg State finished with a slight 29-28 advantage in shots on goal. Falcons junior goalie Robert Vorse (Leominster, Mass.) earned the win by making 24 saves, while Panther junior Erik Shields (Lebanon, Maine) took the loss with a 21-save effort.
Both teams wrap up the semester this Saturday with MASCAC games, as PSU travels to Westfield State for a 5:35 p.m. face-off and Fitchburg Sate visits UMass Dartmouth for a 4:30 p.m. puck drop.
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