Provencher shines in season debut for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior goalie Nicole Provencher made 31 saves in her first start of the season Friday night as Plymouth State University skated to a 2-2 tie against Buffalo State College in non-conference women's ice hockey action at Hanaway Rink.
The visiting Bengals out-shot the Panthers, 33-23, and got two goals from freshman Jeyna Minnick to earn the draw. Minnick's second goal came at 13:25 of the third period, forcing overtime and the tie game. PSU is now 0-4-3 overall while Buffalo State is 4-5-2.
Minnick put the Bengals on the scoreboard at 12:19 of the opening frame, coming down the left side and firing a slapshot just inside the left post. The visitors out-shot the Panthers 11-5 in the first period and led 1-0.
PSU came back to take the lead with a pair of goals in the second period. Sophomore Jane Baruch tallied a power play goal at 11:18, sliding her own rebound under the goalie's pad to tie the game, and freshman Kelsey Cosby converted a nice crossing pass from sophomore Katie Landry at 13:43 to put the Panthers ahead, 2-1.
Provencher made 12 saves while keeping Buffalo State off the scoreboard in the second period, fighting off four Bengal power play chances.
With time winding down, the Bengals tied the game again with 6:35 remaining in the third period on Minnick's second goal as she fired a shot over the goalie's shoulder into the upper right part of the goal. Minnick now has five goals this season, second most on the team.
Each team managed one shot in the extra session, and each had a power play opportunity. PSU finished 1-for-7 with the extra skater while Buffalo State was 0-for-10.
Sophomore goalie Jordan Lee made 21 saves on 23 shots in her first start of the season for the Bengals.
The two teams meet again Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Hanaway Rink in the second half of the weekend series.
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