WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - A power play goal by freshman Katie Paradis (Rochester, N.H.) midway through the second period proved to be the game-winner Saturday afternoon as the University of Southern Maine defeated Plymouth State University, 2-1, in ECAC Women's East Conference ice hockey action at Waterville Valley Ice Arena.
The Huskies finished with a 46-23 advantage in shots on goal, but had only a goal in the first minute of the game and Paradis' marker to show for it. PSU added a power play goal of its own late in the second period to slice the 2-0 deficit in half, but a scoreless third period gave USM the win. Southern Maine is now 6-3-0 overall and 6-1-0 in the ECAC East, while PSU is 0-6-0 both overall and in conference play.
Freshman Christina Hart (Saugus, Mass.) put Southern Maine on the board on its first shot on goal just 32 seconds after the opening face-off. It was her third of the season and was assisted by freshman Joanna Gaube (Woodstock, Conn.). That ended up as the only goal of the opening frame.
Paradis rifled a shot into the upper right corner past a screened PSU senior goaltender Lindsay DeLorie (Holliston, Mass.) at the 12:58 mark of the second period, putting the Huskies up by two. Freshman Jaimie Camara (Portsmouth, R.I.) countered for PSU with a power play goal at 16:50, with assists from freshmen Danielle Shea (Billerica, Mass.) and Abby Van Wormer (Marston Mills, Mass.).
USM outshot PSU 17-5 in the third period, several shots coming on a two-man advantage, but neither team was able to find the net in the final frame.
Plymouth State was whistled for 10 penalties and Southern Maine 11, with the Panthers going 1-for-11 and the Huskies 1-for-10 on the power play.
DeLorie finished with 44 saves for the Panthers, her fourth 40-plus save effort this season. Freshman Dessi McEntee (Oakdale, Conn.) made 22 saves to pick up the win in her first collegiate start.
Plymouth State has another home game next Friday, Dec. 12, at 6:00 p.m. against Saint Michael's College, the final game of the first semester. Southern Maine hosts MIT Thursday at 4:00 p.m.
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