HOOKSETT, N.H. – Freshman Mick Fitzpatrick (Lancaster, N.Y.) made 37 saves and classmate Chris Chambers (Crotfon, Md.) scored the game-tying goal late in the third period Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University’s men’s ice hockey team pulled out a 1-1 tie with Brockport State in the first round of the Police Athletic League (PAL) Stovepipe Tournament at The Ice Den.
The Panthers advanced to the tournament’s championship game after an exciting 2-1 victory in the shootout session that followed the 1-1 overtime deadlock. PSU had defeated Brockport in a shootout for the 2005 PAL Stovepipe Tournament championship.
Brockport State outshot the Panthers 18-5 in the first period, but Fitzpatrick stopped all 18 shots and the game remained scoreless. After continuing to pepper Fitzpatrick with shots in the second period, the Golden Eagles finally got on the board at 12:42 of the middle frame when sophomore Geoff Schweikhard (Orchard Park, N.Y.) tipped in a shot from the point by sophomore Mike Gershon (Sparta, N.J.) for his first goal of the season.
It stayed 1-0 until late in the third period, when Chambers evened the score at the 16:36 mark, knocking in a rebound for his team-leading fourth goal of the season, with sophomore Pat Turcotte (Goffstown, N.H.) and senior Mykul Haun (Alameda, Calif.) collecting assists on the play.
The Golden Eagles had two shots on goal in the overtime but neither team was able to score. Brockport State finished with a 38-20 shot advantage for the game.
In the five-player shootout to decide which team advanced to the championship game, Chris Koras (Toronto, Ont.) scored for Brockport to give the Golden Eagles an advantage but senior Jay Londer (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored for PSU to tie it and Chambers tallied the final goal to win it for the Panthers.
Plymouth State looks for its second straight PAL Cup championship Sunday against Southern New Hampshire University. The Penmen reached the title game with a 4-3 victory over Suffolk University in Saturday’s second contest. Sunday’s consolation game begins at 1:00 p.m., with the championship contest to follow at 4:00 p.m.
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