PSU Men’s Hockey nips NEC in overtime
Zaremba pots game-winner in first game back
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Chris Zaremba scored the only goal of the game three minutes, 24 seconds into overtime Tuesday evening to give Plymouth State University a 1-0 victory over New England College in a non-conference men's hockey game at Hanaway Rink.
Zaremba, who missed the last three Panther games with an injury, made the most of his return to the line-up, scoring his first goal of the season. PSU forecheckers Alex Cottle and Kyle Greco caused a Pilgrim turnover in their own zone, and Greco found Zaremba wide open in the front of the NEC goal. Zaremba redirected the puck inside the right goal post for the game-winner.
The outcome gives PSU a 5-1 record on the season, while NEC, which received votes in this week's Division III national poll, drops to 5-3 overall.
Goaltenders for both teams were solid throughout the contest; PSU junior Jack Astedt made 19 saves to post his second shutout of the season, while junior Shawn Sirman stopped 24 shots for NEC.
Shots on goal were fairly even and hard to come by for the first two periods, with NEC owning a 14-12 advantage through 40 minutes of play. The Panthers had a significant shot advantage in the third period (11-4), but the teams went scoreless to the extra session, where Zaremba won it for the home team.
The Panthers are back to Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action Thursday with a visit to Salem State University. NEC plays its next eight games on home ice, beginning with a pair of games against Cortland State on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10.
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