Late goal lifts Penmen; Panther home opener Tuesday
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Jim Gabrione (Boca Raton, Fla.) scored the game winning goal on a Penmen power play with 50 seconds remaining in the third period Saturday evening to boost the Southern New Hampshire University men's ice hockey team past Plymouth State University, 4-3, in non-conference action at the Ice Den. The Penmen improve to 2-1 overall, while the Panthers fall to 1-2.
PSU trailed 3-1 entering the third period, but junior Zach Sarig (Wyomissing, Pa.) and freshman Ian McGilvrey (Omaha, Neb.) tallied goals to tie the game with 13 minutes remaining. The game appeared headed to overtime until Gabrione's game-winner in the final minute.
Joe Collins (Mansfield, Mass.) notched his fourth goal of the season from John Humphrey (Watertown, Mass.) and Dane Caracino (Belmont, Mass.) six minutes into the first period to put the Penmen on the board. The hosts outshot Plymouth 11-8 in the first frame, and took a 1-0 lead into the locker room.
The second period brought more scoring for the Penmen, but not before freshman Dan Dupell (Collegeville, Pa.) connected on a power play goal for the Panthers to tie the game up at one goal apiece at the 13:19 mark. But, SNHU answered back when Caracino netted his own power play goal from Gabrione and Casey Goll (Winthrop, Mass.) just one minute later to regain the lead at 2-1. Collins scored his second tally of the game with 34 seconds remaining in the period to boost the hosts' lead to 3-1 heading into the final frame.
Plymouth jumped out of the gates firing in the third, and was able to score quickly on Sarig's goal 3:23 into the period to cut the deficit to one goal. The Panthers were not going down without a fight, and four minutes later McGilvrey scored the equalizer to knot the game up at 3-3.
The momentum seemed to be in Plymouth's favor until freshman Mike Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill.) was sent to the penalty box with 1:47 remaining in regulation for a tripping call. The Penmen then called a timeout to regroup, and a minute later, Gabrione was able to find the net from Caracino, and score the game winner with 50 seconds left on the clock to give SNHU a one goal advantage at 4-3.
Plymouth fired off four shots in the last seconds, but goalie Tyler Holske (Attleboro, Mass.) stood his ground in net for SNHU, and the Penmen won in thriller fashion.
Holske turned away 30 shots en route to the win, while Panther's goalie Tyler Ingerson saved 27. The Penmen were outshot by Plymouth 33-30, but were able to convert two out of four power play opportunities.
The Penmen return to action Friday and Saturday when they travel to SUNY Canton for two games. PSU plays its home opener Tuesday against Salem State University in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference contest at Hanaway Rink.
(Courtesy of Southern New Hampshire Sports Information)
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