WINCHENDON, Mass. - Junior Sean Buckley (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal with 8:53 to play in regulation Saturday evening to give Plymouth State University a 2-1 victory over Franklin Pierce University in a non-conference men's hockey game at The Winchendon School Ice Arena.
Plymouth State picked up its fourth straight victory, improving to 10-6 overall, while the upset-minded Ravens suffered their fourth straight loss and fell to 4-14-2.
After a scoreless first period, Franklin Pierce opened the scoring 4:49 into the second frame. Senior Phil LaBreck (Thornton, N.H.) intercepted a PSU breakout pass at the top of the slot and snapped a shot just inside the left post for his eighth goal of the season.
Plymouth State evened the score at 1-1 just over five minutes later. Freshman Alex Cottle (West Chester, Pa.) sent the puck to sophomore Chris Zaremba (Colorado Springs, Colo.) at the top of the left-wing circle, and Zaremba wired a shot to the top corner for his fifth of the season. Franklin Pierce had an opportunity to reclaim the lead minutes later as LaBreck was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down from behind on a breakaway, but freshman goaltender Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden) came up with the save to keep the score even.
PSU would score the tiebreaker at the 11:07 mark of the third period. Junior Tommy Woods (Nashua, N.H.) sent the puck to sophomore Bryan Kriner (Newport, R.I.) at the right point. Kriner found Buckley streaking down the slot and Buckley redirected the puck into the net for the eventual game-winner.
Astedt stopped 28 shots to earn the win between the pipes for Plymouth State. Sophomore Ben Siok (Holden, Mass.) made 25 saves and took the loss in net for Franklin Pierce.
Plymouth State returns home to host Framingham State on Thursday at Waterville Valley (6:00 p.m.) The Ravens return to the ice on Saturday when they travel to Stonehill for a 2:00 p.m. faceoff.
(Courtesy of Franklin Pierce Sports Information)
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