Plymouth State and NEC skate to draw in women’s hockey

Crandle makes 41 saves for Panthers in first career start

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore goaltender Nicole Crandle made 41 saves in her first career start Saturday afternoon as the Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie against New England College in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East hockey action at Hanaway Rink.

            The visiting Pilgrims out-shot the Panthers, 42-15, but Crandle stopped all but one for PSU.  Junior Kristen Conners made 14 saves for NEC, and each team netted a power play goal about six minutes apart midway through the second period.  Plymouth State is now 0-2-2 both overall and in conference play while NEC is 0-4-1 overall and 0-2-1 in the ECAC East.

            NEC out-shot PSU 11-3 in the first period but neither team was able to find the net.  The Panthers broke on top at 4:10 of the second period when senior Jaimie Camara put in her own rebound for her first goal of the season, with senior Abby Van Wormer and freshman Kelsey Cosby picking up assists.  The Pilgrims answered at 10:18 when freshman Aubrey Fischer picked up a loose puck behind the net, circled around and slid a back-hander under Crandle from the right goal line.

            The teams went another 30 minutes of regulation and five minutes of overtime without a goal. NEC had a 13-3 shot advantage in the third period, and each team had two shots in overtime.  NEC junior Kate Kellar almost won it with two minutes to go in OT but her shot hit the right goal post.

            NEC returns home to host Saint Anselm College on Monday. PSU continues its seven-game home stand on Friday, Dec. 2, against Manhattanville College.  

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