WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. – Senior Paul Feeney (Lowell, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal two minutes and 26 seconds into overtime Saturday evening, lifting Plymouth State University to a dramatic 5-4 victory over Wentworth Institute of Technology in a key ECAC Northeast Conference men’s ice hockey game at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.
The game featured four lead changes and six goals in a wild third period, including four on the power play and one shorthanded. PSU junior Goose LaCroix (Moretown, Vt.) scored the only even-strength goal of the period with just 1:03 remaining in regulation to tie the game at 4-4 and set up the extra session.
PSU, which had lost seven in a row to Wentworth by a combined score of 35-5, remains the only undefeated team in the Northeast (8-0-0), improving to 10-6-1 overall. Wentworth, which started the conference season with six straight wins, dropped its fourth in a row to fall to 6-4-0 in the league, 9-10-0 overall.
Sophomore Chris Cadieux (Nashua, N.H.) also scored a pair of goals for the Panthers, the first coming in the first minute of the game and the second a shorthanded marker to thing things at 2-2 early in the third period. Sophomore Ryan Moreau (Worcester, Mass.) also scored with a man-advantage for PSU, which gave the home team a temporary 3-2 at 7:39 of the third.
Senior Mark Cavanaugh (Warwick, R.I.) scored Wentworth’s first goal to tie the game at 1-1 midway through the middle frame. Freshman Dave Lewandowski (Glenmore, Pa.) added a pair of third-period power play scores for the Leopards, his first to put his team up 2-1 and his second to tie the game at 3-3 at the 9:35 mark. Senior Erik Kobisky (Nashua, N.H.) gave Wentworth a 4-3 lead at 10:51 of the third period, but Goose LaCroix tied it late for PSU and Feeney won it in overtime.
PSU senior Rory Nickerson (West Chatham, Mass.) also collected two assists for the Panthers, increasing his career total to 63, which is tied for fourth on the school’s all-time list.
The Panthers finished with a 38-30 advantage in shots on goal. Sophomore goalie Karl Helgesson (Lerum, Sweden) made 26 saves to earn the win for PSU, while Leopards sophomore Alan Kesso (Lisrtowel, Ont.) finished with 33 saves.
PSU has a key conference home game on Tuesday against defending champion Curry College (6:00 p.m.) Curry currently leads the league with 17 points (8-1-1 mark) while Plymouth State has 16 points (8-0-0). Wentworth looks to break its skid Tuesday with a non-conference game at Castleton State (7:00 p.m.)
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