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December 15, 2012

PSU Men’s Hockey skates past Southern N.H.

Panthers head into break on seven-game win streak

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University scored three unanswered goals in the second period Saturday afternoon and went on to a 5-2 victory over Southern New Hampshire University in a non-conference men's hockey game at Hanaway Rink.

            The Panthers posted their seventh straight victory and head into a two-week break for final exams and the holiday with an 8-1-0 overall record.  Freshman Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) led a balanced scoring attack for the Panthers with a goal and two assists.  PSU out-shot the visitors 43-18, and senior reserve goaltender Brett Sweeney (Reading, Mass.) made 16 saves to earn the win in his first career appearance.

            Junior Brian Troy (Ashburnham, Mass.) scored both goals for the Penmen, but they dropped their third straight and fell to 2-7-2.

            The visitors took an early lead with a goal on the first shot of the game in the opening minute of play.  Troy took a pass in the high slot from behind the net and buried the puck in the top left corner for his first of the season just 24 seconds in.  PSU went on to out-shoot the Penmen 11-6 in the first period but it remained a 1-0 game.

            The Panthers got on the board a minute and a half into the second period.  Sophomore defenseman Zach Sarig (Reading, Mass.) created an opening and fired a shot at the net, and senior senior Kyle Greco (Hillside, Ill.) picked the rebound out of a crowd and knocked in his fifth of the season.

            Sophomore Mike Freitag (Westmont, Ill.) and freshman Zach Fox (Sandown, N.H.) scored for PSU 31 seconds apart in the middle of the second period to push the margin to 3-1.  Freitag pounced on the rebound of a shot from the point by senior Richie Zobak (Evergreen Park, Ill.) at 8:57, and Fox let one go from the top of the left circle that snuck inside the lower right corner of the goal at 9:28.  PSU had a 17-3 shot advantage in the middle period.

            The Penmen pulled to within a goal (3-2) when Troy scored his second of the game on a rebound at 1:41 of the third period, but Woody slid one past the goalie from the right side four minutes later, and senior Kyle Weiland (Hampden, Maine) ripped one into the top left corner with seven minutes remaining to round out the scoring.

            Sarig, senior Alex Cottle (West Chester, Pa.) and junior Travis Stevens (Montclair, Calif.) collected two assists each for the Panthers.

            PSU is back on the ice on Dec. 30-31 at the Pathfinder Bank/Oswego Classic in Oswego, N.Y.  The Panthers will face a tough challenge in the opener on the 30th, meeting host Oswego in the 7:00 match-up; the perennial power Lakers are defending national runner-up and currently ranked No. 2 in Division III.  SNHU will open up the 2013 year with a Northeast-10 Conference game at Saint Michael's in the DoubleTree Ice Hockey Classic.

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