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PSU Women’s Hockey falls to Southern Maine in opener

Baruch and Collins score for Panthers

            GORHAM, Maine – Junior Katie Paradis (Rochester, N.H.) scored a goal and dished out two assists Saturday afternoon as the University of Southern Maine Huskies women's ice hockey team opened the 2010-11 season by defeating the Plymouth State University Panthers, 5-2, in an ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Women's East game at the USM Ice Arena.

            Paradis scored what proved to be the game-winning goal late in the first period while the Huskies enjoyed the power play.  Paradis buried a 20-foot shot from the slot area after receiving a pass from the left wing boards by freshman Shannon Cronin (Wakefield, Mass.).  Junior Lauren Whiting (Hampton, N.H.) also picked up an assist.

            Southern Maine jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening four minutes.  Freshman Courtney White (Medford, Mass.) netted a power-play tally 52 seconds into the contest to put the hosts ahead.  Sophomore Kailey Bubier (Auburn, Maine) converted a pass from Paradis to make it 2-0 at 3:54.

            Freshman Jane Baruch (Coventry, R.I.) put the Panthers on the board at 12:30 when her pass from behind the net deflected off a USM defender and into the net for a power-play goal.  USM had an 18-4 advantage in shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes.

            Senior Mary Vaughan (Brunswick, Maine) scored an unassisted goal at 2:59 of the middle period to increase the margin to 4-1.  Rookie Allison Collins (Murrieta, Calif.) got one back for the Panthers at 9:26, set up by junior Bri Davis (Framingham, Mass.) and freshman Rebecca Fogg (White River Jct., Vt.).  Whiting potted the final goal of the game, a power-play marker, at 13:58 of the second period off assists from Paradis and Cronin.

            Southern Maine finished the game with a 42-19 edge in shots on goal.  Plymouth State freshman goalie Ali Ponte (Richmond Hills, Ont.) made 37 saves while USM rookie goaltender Jordan Lee (Colorado Springs, Colo.) stopped 17 shots.

            The Huskies return to the ice on Friday (Nov. 12) hosting Saint Michael's College.  The Panthers will play their home opener in new Hanaway Rink next Friday hosting defending league champion Norwich University. 

(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information) 

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