WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Senior Amanda Hunter (Cornwall, Conn.) scored two goals and sophomore Catherine Harding (Wilton, Conn.) added a goal and an assist Thursday evening as MIT defeated Plymouth State University, 5-1, in non-conference women's ice hockey at Waterville Valley Arena.
The Engineers scored four goals on special teams en route to a 5-0 lead after two periods, two on power plays and two short handed. MIT improves to 5-13-0 overall, while Plymouth State completes its first season as a varsity sport with a 3-17-0 overall record, 0-12-0 against varsity teams.
MIT took a 2-0 lead in the opening period on a power play goal by Hunter and an even-strength marker by freshman Barbara McCarragher (Plainfield, N.H.). Harding made it 3-0 midway through the second period with a PPG, and Hunter and sophomore Sara John (Plymouth, Minn.) tallied back-to-back short-handed goals for the visitors just eight seconds apart to make it a five-goal advantage.
Plymouth State broke the shutout with eight minutes remaining in the third period when Kelly Williams (Sunapee, N.H./New Hampton) scored her second goal of the season with an assist from sophomore Amanda Kreamer (Lynn, Mass.). It was fitting that Williams scored the final goal for the Panthers this season; the senior forward was a key figure in the PSU women's hockey team becoming a varsity program, and she was the team's leading scorer the past three seasons as a club team. Freshman Alyssa Hovanec (Marlborough, Conn.) led the Panthers in scoring this season, while Kreamer finished with five goals and two assists.
The Engineers outshot the Panthers 40-11, with freshman Julia Roberts (Rockville, Md.) earning the win in goal by making 10 saves. Sophomore Lindsay DeLorie (Holliston, Mass.) made 35 saves in the Panther goal, and finishes the season with a .903 saves percentage.
MIT wraps up its season Friday with an ECAC Women's East Conference home game against RIT (7:00 p.m.) The Panthers will join the ECAC Women's East beginning next season.
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