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PSU Women’s Ice Hockey falls short against Castleton

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         WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Castleton State College scored three goals in the third period Saturday afternoon to pull out a 5-3 victory over Plymouth State University in an ECAC Women's East ice hockey game at Waterville Valley Arena.

         Junior Laura Szwed (White Lake, Mich.) led the Spartans with two goals and an assist, including a goal and an assist in the pivotal third period.  Castleton finishes the weekend 2-0 after Friday night's win at the University of Southern Maine and evens its season mark at 2-2, while PSU came up empty on the weekend and drops to 0-2 on the season.

         Szwed scored the only goal of the first period for Castleton on a breakaway just 1:39 into the contest.  It stayed 1-0 until PSU sophomore Danielle Shea (Billerica, Mass.) evened the score with her first goal of the season 4:36 into the second period.

         Castleton regained the lead at the 11-minute mark of the second period on a power play goal by freshman Abbey Hewes (Salt Lake City, Utah), but the Panthers answered with a power play goal of their own by sophomore Tina Worley (Anchorage, Alaska) at 17:39, sending the game to the third period tied at 2-2.

         Neither team could break the tie in the third period until Szwed tallied her second of the game for Castleton on the power play with 8:18 to play, and junior Kate Gray (Northfield, Vt.) made it a two-goal Spartan advantage with her first goal with 5:41 remaining.

         PSU kept battling and sophomore Jaimie Camara (Portsmouth, R.I.) scored for the second straight game to pull the Panthers to within a goal with four minutes left, but junior Amy Costa (Bristol, R.I.) sealed the win for Salve with a power play goal in the final minute of play.

         Plymouth State had a 6-4 advantage in shots in the first period, but Castleton had a 36-14 advantage over the final two periods, including 21-5 in the third frame, for a 40-20 margin for the game.

         Castleton freshman Katharyn Dembowski (Elkridge, Md.) made 17 saves in goal to improve her record to 2-1. PSU sophomore Nicole Provencher (Guilford, Conn.) finished with 35 saves.

         PSU makes its first road trip of the season next Saturday with a visit to Saint Michael's College for a 3:00 p.m. face-off.  After opening the season with four road games, Castleton plays its next seven contests at home, beginning next Friday and Saturday against New England College and Saint Anselm College, respectively. 

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