Wesleyan downs Plymouth State Women’s Hockey

Baruch scores lone goal for Panthers 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore goaltender Nicole Bonneau (Williston, Vt.) made 20 saves Tuesday evening as Wesleyan University defeated Plymouth State University, 5-1, in a non-conference women’s hockey game at Hanaway Rink.

            The Cardinals got goals from five different players, including a goal and an assist from junior Jill Reynolds (Medina, Minn.).  Wesleyan won for the second time in its last three outings, improving to 2-6-0 overall. Freshman Jane Baruch (Coventry, R.I.) tallied the only goal for PSU as the Panthers dropped to 0-10-1 overall.

            Wesleyan scored the only goal of the first period at 11:50 when Reynolds sent a pass across the crease to freshman Glenn Hartman-Mattson (Ely, Minn.), who redirected the puck into the net for her second goal of the season.  The Cardinals extended their lead just 27 seconds into the second period on a power play, as Reynolds made a nice move around the PSU defense and scored into the top corner of the net.  Senior Leah Coe (Appleton, Wisc.) made it 3-0 with her first goal of the season on a shot from the point at the 11:17 mark.

            Plymouth State got on the board with 2:30 to play in the second, when freshman Jamie O’Brien (Chelmsford, Mass.) slid a pass across the crease to Baruch, who converted her third goal of the season.  The Panther momentum didn’t last long though, as Wesleyan senior Julia Heffelfinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) scored on a rebound off a shot by junior MJ Cardin (Middletown, Md.) just 15 seconds later to put the Cardinals ahead4-1 after two.

            Junior Anne Wheeler (Barrington, R.I.) rounded out the scoring for Wesleyan with an unassisted marker midway through the third period, intercepting a pass and going in alone to notch her first goal of the campaign.

            Wesleyan finished with a 38-21 advantage in shots on goal.  PSU freshman goalie Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ont.) finished with 33 saves in the setback.   The visitors converted 1-of-6 on the power play while the Panthers came up empty in eight tries with an extra skater.

            PSU is back in action this weekend, playing in the Castleton Invitational in Vermont.  The Panthers will meet Potsdam State in the 4:00 p.m. game on Friday.  Wesleyan plays a pair of NESCAC games this weekend, Friday at Middlebury (7:00 p.m.) and Saturday at Williams (3:00 p.m.) 

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