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January 13, 2011

PSU Men’s Hockey stymies Worcester State

Panthers extend unbeaten streak to 11

            AUBURN, Mass. – Sophomore goaltender Jack Astedt stopped 34 of the 35 shots he saw Thursday evening to help lead Plymouth State University to a 3-1 triumph over Worcester State University in MASCAC men's ice hockey action at Horgan Rink.

            The Panthers extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games (7-0-4), improving to 8-1-4 overall and 4-1-2 in conference play.  PSU also moved into a tie for first place in the MASCAC with Salem State, both teams with 10 points.  The Lancers slip to 6-3-3 overall and 4-2-1 in the MASCAC, tied for third with UMass Dartmouth, both with nine points.

            Senior Andrew Stewart put Plymouth State up 1-0 at the 8:58 mark for the only goal of the first period as he received assists from sophomore Bryan Kriner and freshman Dave Walters.

            The Panthers went up by two goals four minutes into the middle frame as senior David Rose helped the visitors take advantage of a 4-on-3 power play for what would be the game-winning tally. Sophomore Kyle Weiland and senior Jake Curtin contributed helpers on the play.

            Junior John Cahalane broke the shutout for Worcester State two minutes later on assists by sophomores Pat Stychiewicz and Brice Crook but Plymouth State would respond with a goal of their own at 12:14 to regain the two-goal advantage. Sophomore Alex Cottle notched his third goal and team-leading 18th point to give the Panthers what they needed to skate away with the victory.

            The scoresheet was blank for the third period, with no goals or penalties for either team.

            Astedt, who is second in the conference in goals against average (1.92), improves his season record to 4-1-2.  Junior Bryan Kalczynski shouldered the setback for the Blue and Gold as he finished with 39 saves.

            Plymouth State heads to Salem State on Saturday for a key MASCAC contest, while Worcester State is home on Saturday with a non-conference game against Western New England College. 

(Courtesy of Worcester State Sports Information) 

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