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December 2, 2011

Manhattanville skates past PSU Women’s Hockey

Panthers look to bounce back on Saturday

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Katie Little and freshman Alla Traun scored two goals apiece Friday evening as Manhattanville College skated past Plymouth State University, 9-0, in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East hockey action at Hanaway Rink.

            Freshman goalie Kirsten Shaughnessy made 17 saves in her first career start to earn the win for the Valiants.  Junior Lynsey Schill and sophomore Haleigh Hutchinson added a goal and two assists apiece as the Valiants evened their overall record at 4-4 and moved to 3-2 in conference play.  PSU dropped to 0-3-2 both overall and in the ECAC East.

            The visitors took control with five goals in the first 14 minutes of the game.  PSU bounced back and limited the Valiants to just one goal over the next 26 minutes, but Manhattanville tacked on three third period goals.

            Traun put the Valiants on the scoreboard four minutes into the game with a power play goal, knocking a rebound for her first career score after PSU goalie Ali Ponte had made two saves.  Freshman Sydney Asseltine followed with her first career marker less than a minute later, and Little made it 3-0 at the 7:58 mark, making a nifty move on the goaltender and sliding a backhander into the goal.

            Schill tallied a power play goal on a rebound at 9:28 after Ponte had made another series of stops, and freshman Aubrey Bachand scored her first career goal at 13:59 after stealing the puck in front of the goal and making a nice shot over the goalie's shoulder into the top right corner.

            PSU made a goaltending change, with sophomore Nicole Crandle coming in.  The Panthers settled down, allowing only a goal by junior Erin Sidjak over the next 26 minutes.

            The Panthers out-shot the Valiants 11-6 in the second period, due in large part to four power play opportunities, including a 5-on-3, but Shaughnessy stopped all 11 shots she faced.  Ponte finished with eight saves for PSU and Crandle made 18 stops in her 46 minutes.

            PSU is home again Saturday, hosting Nichols College in ECAC East action, while Manhattanville plays a conference game Saturday at the University of Southern Maine. 

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