Hockey Falls in PAL Championship


HOOKSETT, N.H. - Tournament Most Valuable Player Karl Helgesson (Lerun, Sweden) stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced and Plymouth State University scored twice in the third period as the Panthers captured their third straight PAL/Stovepipe Tournament title with a 3-1 win over Southern New Hampshire University in men's hockey at The Ice Den Sunday.  PSU, which becomes the first school to capture three straight tourney titles in the 13 year history of the event, improves to 2-1-1, while the Penmen suffered their first loss of the season and are now 3-1-1 overall.

Sunday's game marked the second straight year Plymouth State and Southern New Hampshire squared off for the PAL/Stovepipe title.  The Panthers took down a 7-2 win last season.

PSU scored the game-winner 4:18 into the third period on a power play.  Deni Bojadzic (Gotheborg, Sweden) scored from the top of the left faceoff circle, with David Rose (Haddon Township, NJ) assisting on the tally.  The Panthers would add an empty net goal with 11 seconds to play when Topo Lacroix (Moretown, VT) fired into an empty net after SNHU pulled goalie Todd Rowley (Billerica, MA) with a minute to play.

Plymouth State scored the lone goal of the first period with 5:07 remaining before intermission.  Bryan Horrigan (Brookfield, WI) collected a rebound off the pads of Rowley and fired it home for the 1-0 lead.  Jason Butler (Farmington, CT) and Stephan Davis (Lafayette, CA) assisted on the tally.

Southern New Hampshire tied the game in the second period at the 4:59 mark. Brandon Hammermeister (Calgary, ALB) came down the middle and fired a shot that beat Helgesson high and to the left.  Josh Goodman (Highland Mills, NY) and Ed Montgomery (Colchester, VT) assisted on the tally.

Helgesson stopped 29 shots for PSU while Rowley made 26 stops for SNHU.  The Penmen owned a 30-29 shot advantage but were 0-4 on the power play while the Panthers were 1-6 with the man advantage.

Named to the All-Tournament Team were Helgesson, Dave Dufresne (Dracut, MA), Chris Cantara (Pelham, NH) and Kyle Tobin (Kanta, ONT) of Plymouth State and Hammermeister and Kent Honeyman (Marietta, GA) of Southern New Hampshire.

SNHU returns to action Saturday when it travels to Assumption College for a Northeast-10 match starting at 7:30.