Southern Maine Nips Plymouth State in OT

PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- Sophomore Dylan Kenney (Portland, Maine) scored four goals Wednesday afternoon, including the overtime game-winner, as Southern Maine nipped Plymouth State, 9-8, in Little East action at Panther Field.

The game was tied 5-5 at the half and PSU scored twice late in the third quarter to take an 8-7 lead into the final frame. USM knotted the score at 8-8 a minute in, and the score remained that way through the final 14 minutes of regulation play. USM won the overtime faceoff, and Kenney needed just 26 seconds to tally the game-winning goal.

The Huskies snapped a seven-game losing skid to earn their first conference win of the season, and improved to 4-8 overall and 1-3 in the Little East. The Panthers dropped their second straight after winning eight in a row, falling to 8-3 overall and 2-2 in the LEC.

Kenney finished with four goals and one assist for USM, while junior Ryan Foley (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and senior Dan Thomas (Shrewsbury, Mass.) tallied two goals each, and junior Mark White (Oakville, Ont.) added a goal and an assist. Senior Willie Joy (Portland, Maine) won 12 of 21 faceoffs for the Huskies.

Sophomore Zach Frank (Wakefield, Mass.) led the Panther offense with four goals and one assist. Freshman Nick Morello (North Billerica, Mass.) contributed a goal and three assists, and senior Jared Woodell (Glens Falls, N.Y.), sophomore Chris Annunciata (Waltham, Mass.) and junior Stephen Patch (Newbury, N.H./Kearsarge) added one goal each. Freshman defenseman Mike Curley (Billerica, Mass.) caused four Husky turnovers and picked up a game-high nine ground balls.

Shots were fairly even, with PSU finishing with a slim 35-33 advantage. Plymouth State won the battle of ground balls (33-26) while USM took the faceoff battle, 12-9. PSU finished just 1 of 8 with a man-advantage, including coming up empty on a two-man advantage in the third quarter.

Senior Jack Tyo (East Sandwich, Mass.) made 10 saves in the PSU goal, while junior Kyle Dussault (Lewiston, Maine) stopped 11 shots at the other end in a winning effort.

Both teams play conference home games on Saturday, PSU hosting Western Connecticut State University and USM returning home to entertain Eastern Connecticut State University.

2012-04-18



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