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January 17, 2013

PSU Men’s Hockey skates past Salem State

Panthers take control of MASCAC race

            SALEM, Mass. – Senior goaltender Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden) made 30 saves Thursday evening as the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team posted a key road victory over rival Salem State University, 4-1, in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action.

            The league-leading Panthers (12-4-0 overall) take control of the MASCAC race, posting their eighth straight conference win to improve to 8-1-0 , while Salem State (8-6-1 overall) drops into a tie for second with UMass Dartmouth at 5-3-1 in league play.

            PSU got a pair of first-period goals from senior Alex Cottle (West Chester, Pa.) and freshman Tieg Alward (Vail, Colo.) to take an early lead.  The Panthers tacked on a second-period power play goal by sophomore Zach Sarig (Reading, Pa.) and a third-period shorthanded marker by junior Phil Arnone (Litchfield, N.H.) to preserve the victory.

            The Panthers finished with a 35-31 advantage in shots on goal. Salem State's only goal, by senior Andrew Bettencourt, came midway through the second period, but Sarig answered for PSU three minutes later.  Junior Ryan Sutliffe (Las Vegas, Nev.) made 33 saves in the Vikings' goal.

            Plymouth State plays another MASCAC road game Saturday at Worcester State University while Salem State visits Westfield State University for a Monday  afternoon matinee.

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