WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Plymouth State University's women's ice hockey team rallied from a three-goal third period deficit to tie the game up with six minutes remaining Wednesday evening, but sophomore Erin Weimer (Northbrook Ill.) scored her sixth goal of the game to lead Mount Holyoke College to a 7-6 victory over the Panthers at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.
PSU nearly pulled out the victory after losing 12-4 last week at Holyoke. The Panthers led 3-2 early in the second period before Weiner, who scored five goals against PSU last week, tallied her third, fourth and fifth goals of the game in the second period to give the visitors a 6-3 lead.
The Panthers didn't give up, and junior Kelly Williams (Canaan, N.H.) started the rally with her team-leading ninth goal of the season at the 6:42 mark, with freshman Holly Winchell (Atkinson, N.H.) assisting. Freshmen A.J. Johnson (Nashua, N.H.) and Jenna Lace (Pascoag, R.I.) followed with goals just 41 seconds apart to make it 6-6 with 5:50 remaining. Lace's goal came on a long shot from beyond the center red line.
Weimer proved too much, though, scoring her sixth goal with the unassisted game-winner with 4:21 to play. PSU had a 27-19 advantage in shots but didn't have an answer to Weimer.
It was an exciting final minute as Mount Holyoke was issued a penalty, PSU pulled its goalie and had a two-man advantage, but the Panthers couldn't get the tying goal.
The Panthers had taken a 3-2 lead on goals by freshman Jordan Mayhew (Jamaica Plain, Mass.), junior Angela Potvin (Augusta, Maine) and sophomore Krista Pettrey (Northfield, Vt.).
Freshman goalie Ashley Haverly (Washington, Conn.) stopped 12 shots for the Panthers. Mount Holyoke goalies Janet Hicks and Andi Villasenor combined for 21 saves.
The Panthers wrap up their first season as an affiliate in the athletic department with a 3-8 overall record under head coach Mark Wojcinski and assistant coach Rachel Roy. Kelly Williams led the team in scoring with nine goals and five assists, while Pettrey was second with seven goals and six assists. Junior Holly Williams (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and Mayhew both finished with 11 points in 11 games, Williams with seven goals and four assists and Mayhew with three goals and a team-high eight assists.
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