WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Freshman Katie Palasz (Granby, Mass.) scored the first three goals of her career Tuesday night as New England College skated past Plymouth State University, 13-0, in ECAC Women's East ice hockey action at Waterville Valley Arena.
Freshman Stephanie Spera (Stoughton, Mass.) also collected two goals and an assist for the Pilgrims, giving her a team-high six goals this season. The Pilgrims scored on all three of their power play tries and improved to 4-1-0 overall and 3-1-0 in the ECAC East, while PSU is winless through four games.
It was a close game through the first period, as NEC led 1-0 after 20 minutes and had a 9-4 advantage in shots. The last two periods were all Pilgrims, as NEC outscored PSU 6-0 in each frame and out-shot the home team 34-1 over the final 40 minutes.
Sophomore Chelsea Torrico (Mt. Washington, Mass.) put in a rebound for NEC for a power play goal at 6:14, the only goal of the first period. Spera added a power play marker eight minutes into the second period, and the Pilgrims took over from there. Seniors Danielle O'Leary (Clifton, Park, N.Y.), Danielle Taylor (Bridgewater, Mass.), Palasz and sophomore Kaleigh Costello (Hudson, N.H.) all followed with their first goals of the season, and Palasz added her second of the game to close out the second period scoring.
Sophomore Taryn Moffett (Montrose, B.C.), senior Jessica Donnelly (Casa Grande, Ariz.) and freshman Jen Vadas (Allentown, Pa.) all tallied their first goals of the season in the third period, and Palasz finished off her hat trick.
PSU plays another ECAC East home game this Friday at 6:00 p.m. against Manhattanville College. NEC returns home to host Saint Anselm College Friday at 4:00 p.m. in an ECAC East match-up.
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