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February 12, 2011

PSU Women’s Hockey stuns Castleton for first victory

Panthers post shutout win with two third-period goals 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman goaltender Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ont.) stopped all 22 shots she faced and classmates Katie Landry (Agawam, Mass.) and Rebecca Fogg (White River Jct., Vt.) scored a pair of third-period goals just 20 seconds apart Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated Castleton State College, 2-0, in ECAC Women’s East ice hockey action at Hanaway Rink.

            The outcome, in the home finale for PSU, marked the first win of the season for the Panthers, and the first victory for second-year head coach Darcy Corson.  PSU is now 1-20-1 overall and 1-15-1 in the ECAC Women’s East, while Castleton drops to 5-15-2 overall and 3-12-1 in conference play.

            The game was close the entire way.  Neither team was able to score in the first 40 minutes of play, despite 17 shots on goal for Plymouth State and 15 for Castleton and each team getting four power play opportunities.

            The teams continued to go back and forth in the third period, and Plymouth State got on the board at the 9:30 mark.  PSU was pressuring the Castleton net when the puck came out to the point, where Landry, a freshman defenseman, blasted a slapshot high past a screened goalie and into the top of the net for a 1-0 Panther lead.  The rink was still buzzing moments later when Fogg picked up a loose puck at home own blue line and went in on  breakaway and scored to give the Panthers a two-goal lead.

            PSU was able to kill the final 10 minutes off the clock, including the final minute when Castleton pulled its goalie and played with six skaters.  Jubilation erupted on the Panther bench as time expired, and the team celebrated around Ponte, who recorded her first career shutout.

            The Panthers finished with a 25-22 advantage in shots on goal.  Senior Amanda Hoy (Brockport, N.Y.) was strong in the Castleton goal, making 23 saves.

            PSU wraps up the season next Friday with a conference road game at Salve Regina.  Castleton returns home for a conference set next weekend, hosting UMass Boston on Friday and Saint Anselm on Saturday. 

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