HOOKSETT, N.H. – Tournament Most Valuable Player Karl Helgesson (Lerun, Sweden) stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced Sunday afternoon and Plymouth State University scored twice in the third period to capture their third straight Police Athletic League (PAL) Stovepipe Tournament title with a 3-1 win over Southern New Hampshire University in men’s hockey at The Ice Den.
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.
Plymouth State scored the lone goal of the first period with 5:07 remaining. Freshman Bryan Horrigan (Brookfield, Wis.) collected a rebound off the pads of SNHU goalie Todd Rowley (Billerica, Mass.) and fired it home for the 1-0 lead. Freshman Jason Butler (Farmington, Conn.) and sophomore Stephan Davis (Lafayette, Cal.) assisted on the tally. SNHU tied the game in the second period at the 4:59 mark when Brandon Hammermeister (Calgary, Alb.) came down the middle and beat Helgesson high and to the left.
PSU scored the game-winner 4:18 into the third period on a power play. Senior Deni Bojadzic (Gothenburg, Sweden) scored from the top of the left faceoff circle, with freshman David Rose (Haddon Township, N.J.) assisting. The Panthers would add an empty net goal with 11 seconds to play by senior Topo Lacroix (Moretown, Vt.)
Helgesson stopped 29 shots for PSU while Rowley made 26 stops for SNHU. The Penmen owned a 30-29 shot advantage but were 0-5 on the power play while the Panthers were 1-6 with the man advantage.
PSU skaters named to the All-Tournament Team were Helgesson, Dave Dufresne (Dracut, Mass.), Chris Cantara (Pelham, N.H.) and Kyle Tobin (Kanta, Ont.), along with Hammermeister and Kent Honeyman (Marietta, Ga.) of Southern New Hampshire.
Both teams are back in action this Saturday with ECAC Northeast Conference games, PSU traveling to Salve Regina (7:00 p.m.) and SNHU visiting Assumption College (7:30 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Southern New Hampshire Sports Information)
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