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Barthelmess leads PSU Men’s Ice Hockey to tie vs. Salem State

Freitag scores tying goal with five seconds remaining

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Mike Freitag (Westmont, Ill.) scored a goal with 5.1 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score, and Plymouth State University went on to a 3-3 tie against Salem State University Thursday evening in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's ice hockey action at Hanaway Rink.

            Junior Chad Barthelmess (Norristown, Pa.) scored two goals for the Panthers. Salem State out-shot the home team in all three periods of regulation and finished with a 41-24 shot advantage but had to settle for the deadlock because of PSU sophomore goalie Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.), who made 38 saves.

            The Panthers are now 9-10-1 overall and in second place in the MASCAC at 7-5-1, while the Vikings are 10-8-2 overall and maintain first place in the conference with a 7-4-2 mark.

            The two teams traded goals midway through the first period. Freshman Alex Minter (Peabody, Mass.) barreled down the right side on a breakaway before snapping a shot top corner for his ninth goal of the season to give Salem State the lead. Barthelmess answered with his first of the game less than two minutes later tipping the puck out of mid air to put the Panthers on the board.

            The Vikings pulled ahead just before the end of the period when junior Kris Faric (Whitby, Ont.) poked a puck loose and classmate Chad Goodwin (Whitinsville, Mass.) collected it, turned and fired just inside the right goal post for his sixth of the season.  Salem finished the period with a 16-10 shot advantage and a 2-1 lead.

            Faric potted the only goal of the season period for the Vikings, despite a 10-4 shot margin for the visitors, backhanding a crossing pass from senior Kyle Phelan (Barnstable, Mass.).

            Salem State continued to pepper Ceasar with shots in the third period, but it was the Panthers doing the scoring. Barthelmess cut the deficit to one goal with 5:24 remaining, making a move around a defender before lifting a backhander under the cross bar, and with Ceasar pulled from the Panther net, Freitag tied the game with time winding down, deflecting home a shot by freshman Ian McGilvrey (Omaha, Neb.) through traffic from the right circle.

            Each team managed one shot on goal in the overtime session, but the game ended in a draw. Senior Ryan Sutliffe (Las Vegas, Nev.) made 21 saves to earn the tie in the Viking goal.

            Both teams play MASCAC home games on Saturday as PSU hosts Fitchburg State University and Salem State hosts Westfield State University. 

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