WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Senior defenseman Amanda Kreamer (Lynn, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal 1:39 into overtime Saturday afternoon, giving the Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team a thrilling 5-4 victory over Nichols College in ECAC East action at Waterville Valley Arena.
Kreamer (right), who celebrated Senior Day with teammate Lindsay DeLorie (Holliston, Mass.) before the game, intercepted a clearing pass at the point in overtime, and her shot snuck inside the left goal post for the dramatic game-winner. It was the first win in Plymouth State's three-year history as a varsity program (1-52-1), and the first victory for Panther head coach Heather Hoffay.
DeLorie earned the triumph in the Panther goal with 47 saves, including 25 in the third period when Nichols outshot the home team, 27-2.
The outcome avoided a near-heartbreaking result for the Panthers. PSU had a 4-1 lead in the second period and a 4-3 advantage in the closing seconds of the third period before a Bison goal with less than two seconds on the clock in regulation play forced overtime.
The teams traded first-period goals, with junior Candice Ellis (Gloucester, Mass.) scoring her second of the season for Nichols and freshman Molly Irving (Marlboro, Mass.) tallying the first of her career for PSU. The Panthers pulled ahead with three unanswered goals in the second period, two by freshman Molly Blaine (Concord, N.H.), her second and third of the season, and a power play marker by defenseman Abby VanWormer (Marstons Mills, Mass.), the first of her career.
Nichols started its comeback with a power play goal by freshman Haylie Carter (Forney, Texas) in the final minute of the second period. Carter came right back with her second of the game and third of the season at 7:06 of the third period to pull the Bison to within one goal.
The Panthers appeared headed for victory until Nichols freshman Mandy Manopla (Wellington, Fla.) stunned the home team, knocking home a rebound with 1.7 seconds on the clock for force the extra session, where Kreamer won it for the Panthers.
Nichols finished with a 51-22 advantage in shots on goal, but DeLorie (left) was the difference in the Panther goal.
PSU wraps up the season next weekend with a pair of conference road games, visiting Holy Cross on Friday and Salve Regina on Saturday. Nichols concludes its season next weekend with a trip to Vermont to face Saint Michael's on Friday and Castleton on Saturday.
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