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December 8, 2011

PSU Men’s Hockey nips UMass Dartmouth in OT

Panthers take over first place on Cottle's game-winner

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Alex Cottle scored the game-winning goal a minute and 17 seconds into overtime Thursday evening to give Plymouth State University a 3-2 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink.

            The Panthers doubled up the Corsairs in shots on goals for the game (40-20), but needed Cottle's deflection of a shot from the point in overtime by junior Richie Zobak on PSU's first shot in the extra session.  PSU improves to 7-2 overall and takes over first place in the MASCAC with a 4-1 mark, while UMD drops to 5-3-1 overall and into second place in the league with a 3-1-1 mark.

            PSU came out strong and out-shot the visitors 9-0 in the first 10 minutes of the game.  The Panthers took the lead at the 4:27 mark when sophomore Travis Stevens skated the length of the ice down the right side, eluded some defenders and slid the puck under the goalie for his second goal of the season.  That ended up as the only goal of the opening frame despite a 14-2 shot advantage for the home team.

            Senior Chris Zaremba extended the PSU margin to 2-0 at 9:23 of the second period with another deflection of a Zobak shot, but junior Dan Dempsey answered for UMD just 17 seconds later with a nifty move in front of the goaltender, sliding the puck inside the left corner to make it a 2-1 game.

            The Corsairs tied the game two minutes into the third period when junior Phil Bronner carried the puck from behind the net and stuffed it inside the near post.  PSU out-shot UMD 9-2 in the third period but was unable to score again until the extra session.

            Junior Ryan Williams was outstanding in the UMD goal, making 37 saves.  PSU junior Jack Astedt made 18 saves in the winning effort.

            Both teams wrap up the first semester with conference home games this Saturday, PSU hosting Fitchburg State University on Salute the Troops Night at Hanaway Rink and UMD entertaining Framingham State University. 

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