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PSU Women’s Ice Hockey drops pair

           BOSTON, Mass. - The first-year Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team gave a strong effort over the weekend, but dropped a pair of close games to Columbia University and Boston University at BU's Walter Brown Arena.

            The Panthers were defeated by Columbia in a see-saw battle Friday afternoon, 10-8, and dropped an 8-4 decision Saturday evening to BU.  Saturday's performance was a marked improvement for PSU since losing 8-0 to BU in the season opener in November.

            Plymouth State led Columbia 4-2 after one period, but the Lions scored five times in the middle stanza to take a 7-5 lead.  Columbia went ahead 8-5 in the third period, only to see the Panthers battle back with three unanswered goals to tie things up at 8-8 with six minutes remaining.  The Lions pulled away with a pair of late goals to secure the win.

            Junior Holly Williams (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and freshman A.J. Johnson (Nashua, N.H.) led the Panthers with two goals and one assist apiece.  Sophomore Samantha Turner (Pawling, N.Y.) also scored twice and junior Kelly Williams (Canaan, N.H.) and sophomore Krista Pettrey (Northfield, Vt.) added one goal each.  Freshman Jordan Mayhew (Jamaica Plain, Mass.) chipped in with a pair of assists.

            Saturday's affair was deadlocked at 1-1 after 20 minutes, but the host Terriers five unanswered goals in the second period to take control of the game.  PSU scored twice in the final minute of the second period and added another in the third, but BU proved to be too much.

            Pettrey and Mayhew led the Panthers with a goal and three assists each.  Kelly Williams and Holly Williams collected one goal apiece.

            Freshman Ashley Haverly (Washington, Conn.) was the woman in net for the Panthers.  She made 18 saves in the Columbia game, and 29 saves against BU.  PSU outshot Columbia, 36-28, but BU had the advantage in shots on Saturday, 37-23.

                  The Panthers, 3-7, wrap up their first season as an affiliate in the athletic department this Wednesday against Mount Holyoke College at Waterville Valley Arena (6:00 p.m.)

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