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PSU Men’s Ice Hockey falls to Amherst at Norwich Tourney

Barthelmess leads Panthers with goal and assist

            NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Sophomore Brendan Burke (Westwood, Mass.) tallied a goal and two assists Friday afternoon to lead nationally-ranked Amherst College to a 4-3 victory over Plymouth State University in the first game of the Northfield Savings Bank Men's Ice Hockey Holiday Tournament at Kreitzberg Arena, hosted by Norwich University.

            The Jeffs, ranked 11th by D3hockey.com and 15th by US College Hockey Online, improved to 7-2 this season while PSU dropped to 4-7. Junior Chad Barthelmess (Norristown, Pa.) led the Panthers with a goal and an assist and sophomore Andrew Wigg (Lantz, N.S.) added two assists.

            PSU will play in Saturday's third-place game at 1:00 p.m. against the Milwaukee School of Engineering (1-11-0).  The Raiders were defeated by host Norwich in Friday's second game, 5-0.  Amherst and Norwich will face-off in the championship game at 4:00 p.m.

            Plymouth State withstood a 14-2 shot disadvantage in the first period against the Jeffs, allowing just one power play goal by Topher Flanagan midway through the frame.  Burke potted his third of the season two minutes into the second period to put Amherst up 2-0.

            Junior Zach Sarig (Reading, Pa.) cut the margin in half when he put the Panthers on the board with his eighth goal of the season at the 6:24 mark, with assists from Barthelmess and senior Dave Walters (Ottawa, Ont.).  Amherst added its second power play goal of the game at 13:44 when Andrew Kurlandski found the net to make it 3-1 after two periods.

            The Panthers pulled to within a goal in the first minute of the third period when sophomore Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) was set up by Wigg and junior Mike Freitag (Westmont, Ill.), but Amherst regained a two-goal lead with its third power play goal of the night by Aaron Deutsch midway through the frame.

            Barthelmess again brought PSU to within a goal with his second of the season, a power play strike from Wigg at 12:56, but the Panthers couldn't get the tying goal.

            New goalie Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.), a transfer from Utica College, made his PSU debut and finished with 31 saves. Johnny Russell made 19 saves for Amherst as the Jeffs finished with a 35-22 shot advantage. 

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