Plymouth State Men’s Hockey holds off Stonehill

Foley leads Panthers with goal and assist 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Sean Foley (Weymouth, Mass.) scored a goal and an assist in the third period Thursday evening as Plymouth State University skated past Stonehill College, 3-2, in non-conference men’s ice hockey action at Hanaway Rink.

            Foley broke a 1-1 tie with his first goal of the season eight minutes into the third period, and he set up the eventual game-winner by classmate JC Richardson (Fort Collins, Colo.) four minutes later.  Stonehill pulled to within one goal with 1:21 remaining, but the Panthers held on for the win, improving to 2-1-2 on the season.  Stonehill suffered its fourth straight loss and fell to 2-8.

            The Skyhawks had a 12-6 advantage in shots in the opening frame but PSU sophomore Richie Zobak (Evergreen Park, Ill.) scored the only goal for Plymouth State, beating the goaltender on the power play from a tough angle along the right goal line.  Stonehill answered with the only goal of the second period when junior Matt Doherty (Milton, Mass.) broke in alone on a breakaway and knocked home a rebound of his own shot.  Similar to the first period, PSU had the shot advantage in the second frame but Stonehill had the only goal.

            Foley gave the Panthers the lead for good with his first goal of the season at the 8:22 mark of the third period, and Richardson snapped a back-hander over the goalie’s shoulder at 12:43 to give PSU a two-goal advantage.  Senior Angelo Todesca (Westwood, Mass.) shot one in off the right goal post for Stonehill with less than two minutes remaining, but PSU held on for the win.

            PSU sophomore Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden) made 21 saves to earn the victory in goal, while Stonehill senior Derek Chapdelaine (Granby, Mass.) finished with 23 saves as Plymouth State won the shots-on-goal battle, 26-23.

            PSU returns to Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action on Saturday with a visit to Framingham State University (7:30 p.m.). Stonehill is also back on the ice Saturday, traveling to UMass Dartmouth for a non-conference game (4:30 p.m.) 

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