Upset-minded Panthers edged by Valiants
STAMFORD, Conn. – Senior Katie Little (Victoria, B.C.) scored two goals Friday evening as Manhattanville College earned a 5-2 victory over Plymouth State University in an ECAC Women's East ice hockey game at the Terry Conners Rink.
Upset-minded Plymouth State scored a pair of first-period goals to take a 2-1 lead, and trailed only 3-2 entering the third period, but the Valiants, ranked eighth in this week's Division III national poll, tacked on two power play goals in the final frame to pull out the win.
Junior Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ontario) was outstanding in the Panther goal, and finished with a season-high 45 saves as Manhattanville finished with a 50-11 advantage in shots on goal.
The Valiants scored just 1:50 into the game as Little received a pass from classmate Erin Sidjak (Delta, B.C.), and weaved her way towards the goal and sent it past Ponte to put the Valiants up 1-0. For Little, it was goal No. 60, making her the seventh player in program history to reach the milestone.
The Panthers got on the board less than two minutes later with a short-handed goal. After a Valiant turnover deep in the Manhattanville zone, sophomore Kelsey Cosby (Walpole, Mass.) made one pass into the slot to the stick of freshman Alysha Raimo (Fitchburg, Mass.), who finished off her first career goal to tie the game at 1-1.
The momentum swung in the favor of the Panthers as they killed off the remainder of their first penalty and the entire two minutes of another. Thirteen seconds later, junior Jane Baruch (Coventry, R.I.) found the back of the net for PSU, the first time in the nine-game history of the two teams that Plymouth State had held a lead against Manhattanville.
The advantage lasted less than two minutes as Little evened up the game after redirecting a puck that was sent towards the goal by fellow senior Lynsey Schill (Waterloo, Ont.). Manhattanville retook the lead as sophomore Alla Traun (Edina, Minn.) picked up a pass from senior Mary Rose Morrison (Ridgefield, Conn.) from behind the net and planted it home to put the Valiants up 3-2 after the first period.
The second period went by without a shot finding the back of the net as both goalies denied any threats sent their way. Manhattanville had a 19-1 margin in shots.
Manhattanville extended its lead In the third period as Schill picked up the puck on a long home run pass from Sidjak deep in her own zone. Schill weaved around the one defender and backhanded it past Ponte to give Manhattanville a short-handed goal and its largest lead of the night with 5:25 gone by in the third.
Beauvais picked up her first goal of the season on the power play in the closing seconds of the game when sophomore Aubrey Bachand (Harwichport, Mass.) dug the puck out of traffic in front of the net and sent it to Beauvais for the put-away tally.
Freshman goalie Victoria Smishek (Regina, Sask.), who was making her first career start, picked up her first career victory as she registered nine saves.
Manhattanville (5-2-1, 4-0-1 ECAC East) will have a quick turnaround and drop the puck on Saturday's contest against Southern Maine at 11:30 a.m. Plymouth State (0-5-0, 0-5-0 ECAC East) will travel to Nichols for a 7:40 p.m. start time. Southern Maine knocked off Nichols on Friday, 5-1.
(Courtesy of Manhattanville Sports Information)
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