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February 17, 2012

PSU Women’s Hockey drops game at Nichols

Davis scores lone goal for Panthers

            HARRISVILLE, R.I. – Freshman goaltender Tori Gianformaggio stopped 26 shots Friday night to lead Nichols College to a 4-1 ECAC East women's hockey victory over visiting Plymouth State University at Levy Rink.

            The win was the seventh this winter for the Bison, setting the program standard for most victories in a season and helping Nichols claim the final spot in the ECAC East tournament. Senior Bri Davis scored for the visitors but PSU remains stuck with just one win this season.

            Senior Mandy Manopla put the Bison on top in the first when sophomore Megan Gerein dropped a pass off for her at the top of the right circle and Manopla's wrist shot found the bottom corner of the net. It was Manopla's team-leading 10th goal and 20th point of the season coming. The Bison had several more chances to add to their lead in the first with three power-plays, including a 5-on-3 at one point, but they could not capitalize. Plymouth State outshot Nichols 9-7, but the Bison took the 1-0 lead into the first break.

            Freshman Lisa Coskren gave Nichols a 2-0 lead when she beat the goalie with a backhander from the slot 9:17 into the second period. Classmate Grace Murphy fed Coskren the pass from the corner after receiving a feed into the zone from Talia Hohmann. 

            Despite tremendous pressure from the Panthers throughout the second, the Bison pushed the lead to 3-0 with 2:21 remaining on sophomore Bridget Griffin's goal. She received the pass at the point from Manopla and fired a slap-shot that beat the goalie high blocker side during a power-play.

            Gianformaggio turned away all 14 shots in the second period, preserving the shutout going into the third.

            Davis put PSU on the board with 12:07 remaining in the contest when she stole the puck behind the net in the attacking zone and scored on a wrap-around goal. Nichols quickly answered back netting their fourth goal a little over a minute and a half later. Gerein scored the goal with the assists coming from senior Hannah Tardif and Murphy.

            Nichols outshot the Panthers 31-27 in the game. Gianformaggio picked up the win while PSU sophomore goalie Ali Ponte stopped 27 shots. Nichols took advantage of two of the seven power-plays they saw, while Plymouth was 0-2 with an extra skater.

            The ECAC East regular season comes to a close on Saturday as Nichols (7-15-2, 4-11-2) hosts Southern Maine at 4:40 p.m. for "Senior Day" and Plymouth State (1-18-3, 1-14-2) will make the trek to Manhattanville for a 4:00 p.m. faceoff. 

(Courtesy of Nichols Sports Information) 

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