PSU Men's Hockey blanks SNHU in Hanaway Rink opener

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- Sophomore goaltender Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden) made 18 saves Saturday night as Plymouth State University christened its new facility with a 6-0 victory over Southern New Hampshire University before a capacity crowd in the first men's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink.

            The Panthers got goals from six different players in the victory while out-shooting the Penmen, 41-18.  PSU scored just 1:25 into the game, led 2-0 after one period, and poured it on with three goals in the middle frame.  The home team scored four times on the power play, once each by junior Bryan Kriner (Newport, R.I.), seniors Sean Buckley (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) and Jake Curtin (Concord, N.H.), and sophomore JC Richardson (Fort Collins, Colo.), and sophomore defenseman Richie Zobak (Evergreen Park, Ill.) collected three assists.

PSU Men's Ice Hockey -- Opening Night at Hanaway Rink, Nov. 6, 2010
   Opening Night at Hanaway Rink for PSU Men's Ice Hockey.

            The win also marked the first career victory for PSU head coach Craig Russell, who takes over this season after four years as a player, five years as assistant coach and two years as associate head coach.

            Kriner put the Panthers on the board, scoring the historic first goal in the new arena with an unassisted power play marker at 1:25.  Junior Chris Zaremba (Colorado Springs, Colo.) made it 2-0 at the 5:31 mark to close out the first period scoring.

            Sophomore Kyle Greco (Hillside, Ill.), a transfer from Wisconsin-Stevens Point, extended the margin to three goals midway through the middle frame with his first goal, and Buckley and Richardson added power play goals to put PSU ahead 5-0 by the end of the second period.

            The third period was marred by 26 penalties, several coming on a scuffle after the whistle midway through the frame.  Curtin rounded out the scoring with a power play goal with about five minutes remaining.

            Sophomore John Carbonneau (Medford, Mass.) made 31 saves on 36 shots for the Penmen before departing with eight minutes remaining.  Freshman Tyler Holske (Attleboro, Mass.) made four saves the rest of the way.

            The game featured several festivities in the new arena, including a ceremonial opening puck drop by former University System of New Hampshire Trustee Merle Schotanus, the announcement of “Pemi” as the new name for the Panther mascot, a pep band and a light and sound show for the Panther team.

            The Panthers will be home for their next game, but not until Thursday, Nov. 18, when they host Salem State University in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) opener at 7:00 p.m. 

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