WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Chris Cantara totaled a goal and two assists to lead Plymouth State University to a 4-2 ice hockey victory over Southern New Hampshire University Wednesday night. The Panthers improved to 7-8-1 on the season, while the Penmen are now 5-7-0 overall.
Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 1-0 lead 2:54 into the game when Andrew Hildreth (Leominster, MA) scored his sixth goal of the season on an assist from Dave Carroll (Arlington, MA). The Panthers tied the score at the 7:54 mark on a goal by Chris Zaremba, then PSU's Sean Buckley made it 2-0 2:47 later when he scored on a power play. Plymouth State took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
Plymouth State scored twice in a 36 second span midway through the second period to up its lead to 4-1. Dave Dufresne scored on assists from Cantara and Kyle Tobin at the 12:39 mark, then Cantara made made it 4-1 with 6:45 left in the second. Mark Smith (Ronkonkoma, NY) cut the lead down to two, 4-2, when he registered a power play goal at the 15:44 mark for SNHU. Troy Maybury (South Portland, ME) and Bob Bryant (Nashua, NH) recorded assists on the play.
Neither team found the back of the net in the third period. Southern New Hampshire pulled goalie Todd Rowley (Billerica, MA) with 1:55 left but could not cut into the Panther advantage.
Allen Schneider turned aside 27 shots for Plymouth State as the Panthers outshot the Penmen 29-27. Rowley made 25 saves for SNHU. Both teams were 1-2 on the power play as just two penalties were whistled on each team.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Saturday when it hosts UMass Dartmouth in a 2:00 game at The Ice Den.