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January 18, 2014

Ceasar leads PSU Men’s Ice Hockey past UMass Dartmouth

Sophomore goaltender posts first career shutout for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore goalie Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) made 25 saves Saturday evening to lead the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team to a 3-0 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) contest at Hanaway Rink.

            Ceasar helped the Panthers kill off all eight Corsair power plays, making 10 saves in the first period, eight in the second and seven in the third. A recent transfer from Utica College, Ceasar posted his first career shutout in eight games, helping PSU improve to 7-9 overall and 5-4 in the MASCAC.

            Plymouth State finished with a 40-25 shot advantage in the game. Freshman goalie JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) made 37 saves to keep the Corsairs in the game until the very end. UMD fell to 3-10-2 overall and 3-6-0 in conference play. The game was a rematch of last year's MASCAC championship game.

            Sophomore Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) scored the only goal the Panthers would need at 7:44 of the first period. Solloway made a stop on Panther junior Mike Freitag (Westmont, Ill.) but Woody was on the left doorstep and pounded home his seventh goal of the season.

            UMD had a couple of chances to tie the game. Freshman Kevin Sheehan (Rockland, Mass.) skated in on a breakaway less than a minute after Woody's goal but was denied by Ceasar. Senior Dmitry Antipin (Novosibirsk, Russia) snapped a shot from the left circle in the first minute of the third period that looked like it may have gone in but was ruled to have hit the crossbar and was disallowed.

            It was still a 1-0 game late in the third period when freshman Mike Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill.) gave the Panthers some insurance, skating across the crease and scoring his sixth goal of the season on a power play with 4:02 remaining.  Junior Chad Barthelmess (Norristown, Pa.) finished off the scoring with an empty net goal in the final minute.

            UMD is back on the ice for conference play on Thursday as the Corsairs return home to host Salem State. PSU plays again Saturday at home against Worcester State (6:00 p.m.)

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