Ponte makes career-high 54 saves for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Olivia Farrell scored a goal with 2:39 remaining in the third period Tuesday evening, breaking a 1-1 tie and giving Connecticut College a 2-1 victory over Plymouth State University in non-conference women's ice hockey action at Hanaway Rink.
The outcome spoiled a terrific performance by PSU sophomore goaltender Ali Ponte, who made a career-high 54 saves to keep PSU in the game and hold the Camels at bay. Connecticut College, 3-0-1 in its last four games, pulled out the win to improve to 6-5-2 overall while the Panthers drop to 1-9-3.
The Camels out-shot the home team 18-5 in the first period, but Ponte stopped everything she saw to keep the game scoreless through 20 minutes. The visitors kept the pressure on the in the middle frame, but Ponte continued her strong play and kept the Camels off the scoreboard. The Camels finally broke through midway through the period on a transition goal when sophomore Leah Kallen passed from the left side across to freshman Jen Morgan on the right, and she lifted one past Ponte for a 1-0 lead.
Conn. College nearly made it 2-0 late in the second period but Ponte made a nice save on junior Ariel DiPasquale to keep it a one-goal game.
The Panthers finally got on the board in the third period. Sophomore Jamie O'Brien made a nice poke-check while forechecking at the Camel blue line, creating a breakaway for herself, and she slipped the puck just inside the left post with 7:32 remaining to knot the game at 1-1.
With time winding down, Ponte made a save on sophomore Paige Murray, but Farrell picked the rebound out of the scramble in front and got one past Ponte for the eventual game-winner.
Conn. College finished with a 56-10 advantage in shots on goal. Sophomore Lee Tsairis earned the victory for the Camels, making eight saves.
PSU is home this weekend for a pair of ECAC East Conference games, hosting UMass Boston on Friday evening and Saint Anselm College Saturday afternoon. Conn. College plays its next four at home, beginning with NESCAC contests this Friday and Saturday against Wesleyan University.
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