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February 10, 2012

NEC comes back to defeat PSU Women’s Hockey

Davis' goal gives Panthers early lead

            HENNIKER, N.H. – The New England College women's ice hockey team scored two third-period goals Friday afternoon to post a 3-1 comeback win against the Panthers of Plymouth State University in ECAC East action at the Lee Clement Arena.

            Kaleigh Costello (Hudson, N.H.) led the Pilgrims with two goals, including the game-winner.  NEC improves to 8-12-2 overall and 6-7-2 in ECAC action, while the Panthers drop to 1-16-3 overall and 1-12-2 in league play.

            The Panthers notched their only goal of the game at 9:23 of the first period on a power play. Senior Bri Davis connected with Carrie Baruch to give the Panthers the 1-0 advantage.

            The Pilgrims evened the score 7:36 into the second frame as Costello scored her first goal of the game, assisted by Alexis Fitzpatrick and Madyson Moore. 

The Pilgrims claimed the lead at the 16:03 mark of the third period as Costello tallied her second of the game.  Sam Hippern assisted on the goal.

            Plymouth State pulled goaltender Nicole Crandle in the final minute for an extra offensive player, and NEC's Kate Kellar tallied an empty-net goal with one second reminaing.

            NEC finished with a 43-13 advantage in shots on goal.  NEC goaltender Lauren Hopps totaled 12 saves in the win, while Crandle made 40 saves for the Panthers.

            Both teams play conference games again on Saturday, NEC hosting the University of Southern Maine at 1:00 p.m. and PSU traveling to Castleton for a 12:00 p.m. matchup.  

(Courtesy of New England College Sports Information) 

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