WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Senior goalie Aaron Runner (Alpharetta, Ga.) made 28 saves on 29 shots Thursday evening as the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team knocked off Worcester State College, 7-1, in a Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) contest at Waterville Valley Arena.
Sophomore Bryan Kriner (Newport, R.I.) recorded a goal and three assists and senior Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.) tallied a pair of scores to lead the Panther offense. Three other Panthers - juniors Sean Buckley (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) and Andrew Stewart (O'Leary, PEI) and sophomore Chris Zaremba (Colorado Springs, Colo.) -- contributed a goal and two assists apiece. PSU stopped a five-game losing streak and improved to 7-6-0 overall and 4-3-0 in MASCAC games.
Senior Mark Rintel (Oakland Gardens, N.Y.) tallied the only goal for the Lancers in the first minute of the third period. Worcester State, which is in the middle of playing seven straight road games, dropped its fourth in a row and fell to 3-8-0 overall and 1-6-0 in conference play.
Runner improved his season record to 2-1 with the 28-save effort. He made 16 saves in the third period, including several key stops while a PSU player was serving a five-minute major penalty and when the Panthers withstood a 5-of-3 Lancer power play.
Junior David Rose (Haddonfield, N.J.) put the Panthers on the board with the only goal of the first period, his first of the season. Kriner and Chambers scored two minutes apart midway through the middle frame, each with their ninth of the season and the latter on the power play, to put the home team up by three. Zaremba added his fourth of the season to make it a 4-0 game after two periods.
After Rintel put the Lancers on the board, Stewart, Buckley and Chambers finished off the third period scoring. Buckley notched a short-handed goal and Chambers maintained his MASCAC scoring lead, improving his season totals to 10 goals and 14 assists.
Plymouth State will play its fifth straight home game this Saturday, hosting Salem State in a conference match-up at 6:00 p.m. Worcester State continues with its road games Saturday at Nichols College in a non-conference encounter (8:30 p.m.)
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