PSU Women’s Hockey skates to a tie with Castleton

Panthers hold on for first point of season

            CASTLETON, Vt. – The Plymouth State University women’s hockey team picked up its first point of the season Friday night, skating to a 2-2 tie with Castleton State College in ECAC East women’s ice hockey action at Spartan Arena.

            PSU junior Bri Davis (Framingham, Mass.) scored with 10 minutes to go in the third period to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead, but Castleton answered with a power play goal a minute later to tie the score at 2-2, and that’s the way it stayed.  Both teams killed off power play attempts in the final four minutes of regulation, and Castleton withstood another minor penalty in the overtime session.

            The Spartans got on the scoreboard first as freshman Stephanie Bardell (Erwina, Pa.) beat the goalie glove side at 3:42 of the first period for an early advantage. Plymouth State answered back at 8:36 as freshman Meghan Cassidy (Somerville, N.J.) put home a loose puck in front of the net to tie the score at 1-1.

            After a scoreless second period, Davis put the Panthers ahead 2-1 at 9:49 with a wrist shot from the slot that slipped through the goalie into the back of the net. One minute and 10 seconds later, the Spartans evened the scored at 2-2 as sophomore Hanna Martini (Fayston, Vermont) drove home a slapshot from the point.

            Panthers’ goalie Ali Ponte (Richmond, Hill, Ont.) kept the score at 2-2, robbing Castleton forward Jade Werger (Maple Ridge, B.C.) on a breakaway chance with 3:45 remaining in regulation.

            Plymouth State outshot the Spartans 4-0 in overtime but Castleton netminder Katharyn Dembowski (Elkridge, Md.) made all four stops to preserve the tie. Dembowski finished the night with 26 saves while Ponte turned away 28 shots on net.

            PSU, 0-3-1 overall, travels to New England College on Saturday for another ECAC East Conference game (1:00 p.m.)  Castleton, 2-2-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the ECAC East, is home again Saturday in an ECAC East contest against Southern Maine at 3:00 p.m.

(Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information) 

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