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February 24, 2011

Fitchburg State doubles up PSU Men’s Hockey

Panthers wrap up regular season on Saturday

            FITCHBURG, Mass. – The Fitchburg State University men's ice hockey team scored four consecutive goals over the first and second periods Thursday night to defeat Plymouth State University, 6-3, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) game at the Wallace Civic Center.

            Fitchburg State received a strong effort from its offensive leaders as junior Kris Threlkeld and senior Chris Riggs combined for seven points in the contest. Threlkeld led all scorers with a game-high four points on one goal and three assists, while Riggs added a pair of markers and one helper. Seniors Kevin McCready and Billy Pescosolido were also strong, chipping in with two points apiece.

            Junior Chris Zaremba scored the first goal of the game to give the Panthers an early lead, and sophomores Kyle Greco and Seth Phelan also collected goals for the visitors.

            The MASCAC regular season winds up this Saturday as PSU hosts Westfield State University at 3:00 p.m. and FSU hosts league leading UMass Dartmouth at 4:00 p.m.  Both Plymouth State (14-5-5 overall, 9-5-3 MASCAC) and Fitchburg State (15-8-1 overall, 9-7-1 MASCAC) have clinched home ice advantage for next Tuesday's first round of the MASCAC Tournament.

            Plymouth State got on the board first in the opening period with a score by Zaremba but Fitchburg State answered with four consecutive goals over the next 20 minutes to post a commanding 4-1 lead by the 7:12 mark of the second stanza. McCready sparked the Falcons surge with his 12th score of the season at 15:51 of the first period, before Riggs gave the Falcons its first lead of the contest (2-1) with a tally at 19:09. Threlkeld continued the Fitchburg State rally early in the second frame with his 11th goal of the year just 2:55 into the frame, while Riggs netted the eventual game-winner just 4:17 later.

            PSU closed the gap to 4-2 with a late second-period goal from Greco but Fitchburg State answered again with a Cory Callen marker at 10:18 of the third to maintain a three-goal advantage (5-2).

            The Panthers connected again down the stretch with Phelan recording his first goal of the season off a David Rose and Andrew Stewart feed, but the Falcons ended any dramatic comeback with an empty-netter from Justin Quinn with 52 seconds remaining.

            Fitchburg State posted a 42-25 advantage in shots, while both teams converted a pair of opportunities with a man advantage. Senior Robert Vorse earned the victory in net, totaling 22 stops, while freshman reserve Tyler Ingerson stopped 36 shots for the Panthers. 

(Courtesy of Fitchburg State Sports Information) 

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