Saint Michael’s edges PSU Women’s Ice Hockey

Panthers fall short despite goals from Baruch, Fogg

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Saint Michael’s College recorded its first victory of the season Saturday afternoon with a 4-2 win over Plymouth State University in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women’s East ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink.

            The Purple Knights got goals from four different players, scoring once in the first period and twice in the middle frame before PSU got on the scoreboard.  Saint Mike’s led 4-1 after two periods before a PSU power play goal a minute into the third made it a two-goal game but the visitors held on for the win, improving to 1-3-1 overall and 1-2-1 in ECAC East games.

            Shots on goal for the game were tied at 26-apiece.  Plymouth State got goals from a pair of freshmen but dropped their third game of the season in as many outings.

            Senior Kelly Rose Losi (Milton, Mass.) scored the only goal of the first period for Saint Michael’s, knocking in her first of the season on a rebound after PSU freshman goalie Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ont.) made a save on a shot from the point by senior Meghan Colitti (Dover, N.H.) and the first rebound by Rose Losi.  The Purple Knights added two goals in a 90-second span midway through the second period, sophomore Allison Graf (Long Lake, Minn.) sneaking in a long shot from the point through a screened goaltender and junior Madelena Santore (Millington, N.J.) scoring on a breakaway.

            Freshman Jane Baruch (Coventry, R.I.) put PSU on the scoreboard at the 15:22 mark of the second, finishing off a 2-on-1 with a shot to the top right corner for her second of the season, but junior Emily Elliott (Casper, Wyo.) came right back for Saint Michael’s less than a minute later to snuff out any Panther momentum.

            Freshman Rebecca Fogg (White River Jct., Vt.) put one home on a rebound just 1:11 into the third period, but neither team could get another goal the rest of the way.

            Ponte made 12 saves over the first two periods, while junior Nicole Provencher (Guilford, Conn.) stopped all 10 shots she faced in the third period.  Sophomore Erin Stevens (Watertown, Conn.) recorded the victory in the Purple Knights goal with 24 saves.

            PSU is back on the ice next Friday with an ECAC East game at Castleton (7:00 p.m.) while Saint Mike’s returns home to host UMass Boston Friday at 4:00 p.m. 

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