Crandle, Cosby, Raimo, spark Panthers to first win
BURRILLVILLE, R.I. – Junior goaltender Nicole Crandle (Bristol, Conn.) turned away 31 shots Saturday evening as the Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team picked up its first win of the season with a 2-0 triumph over host Nichols in an ECAC Women's East matchup at Levy Rink.
Sophomore Kelsey Cosby (Walpole, Mass.) and freshman Alysha Raimo (Fitchburg, Mass.) scored the Panther goals. The win snaps a five-game drought against the Bison and marks the first win over Nichols since a 5-4 overtime victory in the first-ever meeting between the programs on Feb. 14, 2009 in New Hampshire.
Plymouth State had a great chance to grab the lead with 1:26 left in the first as Cosby took aim on an empty right side of the net but Nichols sophomore Tori Gianformaggio (Huntington Beach, Calif.) sprawled out to make the stop. The Panthers took eight of the 15 shots in the frame while the visitors also went 0-for-1 on the power play in the stanza.
Cosby found the back of the net at the 8:33 mark in the second, with her first goal of the season for an unassisted tally. Plymouth State finished the middle frame with a 15-10 advantage in the shot column while the Bison had two power play chances to the Panthers one.
Nichols, aided by a pair of extra skater opportunities in the third – including a two-minute advantage to begin the period, outshot the guests 14-5. Five of the Bison shots were taken during a late power play opportunity before Raimo's shot caromed off the goaltender's pad and across the goal line for a shorthanded maker with 52.6 displayed on the scoreboard.
Crandle recorded her first career victory and evened her season record at 1-1 while Gianformaggio slipped to 0-2 in the 26-save effort.
The Bison close out the 2012 portion of the schedule on Tuesday when the team ventures to Middletown, Conn. for a non-conference game at Wesleyan while Plymouth State travels to Colby for non-conference tilt, also on Tuesday.
(Courtesy of Nichols Sports Information)
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