PSU Women’s Ice Hockey rallies to defeat Nichols

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Plymouth State University rallied for four third-period goals Saturday evening and registered a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over Nichols College in women's ice hockey action at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.

Sophomore Lindsay DeLorie (Holliston, Mass.) earned the No. 1 Star of the Game honor for PSU after keeping the Panthers in the game with outstanding goaltending. She finished with 45 saves, including 22 stops in the second period when her team was out-shot 24-6.

Freshman Alyssa Hovanec (Marlborough, Conn.) led the Panther offense with a pair of third-period goals, while senior Kelly Williams (Sunapee, N.H.) contributed three assists.

After a scoreless first period, Nichols took over in the middle frame with the large shot advantage. Sophomore Ali Peters (Westford, Mass.) put the Bison on the board at the 10:04 mark, but junior Molly Perron (Hartland, Vt.) answered for PSU less than two minutes later with a power play goal. It looked like it would be a tie game going into the third period, but freshman Katie West (Lee, N.H.) scored for Nichols with just 13 seconds to play, giving the Bison the one-goal lead after two periods.

Freshman Amanda Arponen (Plymouth, Mass.) and sophomore Amanda Kreamer (Lynn, Mass.) tallied power play goals for PSU at 6:09 and 8:00, respectively, to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead, and Hovanec's first of the game at 8:25 gave PSU a two-goal advantage.

Nichols cut the margin back to a goal on freshman Rebecca Frazer's (East Falmouth, Mass.) marker at 17:12, but Hovanec sealed the win for PSU with her second of the game with 31 seconds remaining.

PSU, 2-11 overall, is home again on Wednesday, hosting Norwich University at Waterville Valley (6:00 p.m.). Nichols, which is ranked 13th in the latest American Collegiate Hockey Association national poll, drops to 3-4-2.

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