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December 7, 2012

PSU Women’s Ice Hockey defeats Franklin Pierce

Panthers pull out win in third period; rematch on Saturday

            WINCHENDON, Mass. – Freshman Marisa Zamrock (Lewiston, Maine) and sophomore Kate Banys (Newburyport, Mass.) each scored their first career goals midway through the third period Friday evening, breaking a 1-1 tie and sending Plymouth State University to a 3-1 victory over Franklin Pierce University in a non-conference women's ice hockey game at Jason Ritchie Arena.

            Junior goaltender Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ont.) made 31 saves to post the victory.  PSU won for the second time in its last three games, improving to 2-6 overall. The Ravens, who had won their previous two games, drop to 3-6.

            Junior Kelsey Maguire (Swampscott, Mass.) scored the only goal of the first period for the Panthers, also the first of her career. Junior Stephanie Newmark (Sydney, Australia) had the puck at the left point and flipped a shot towards the net, and Maguire deflected the puck en route to change the direction of the shot past the goaltender. The goal came at the 13:28 mark of the opening frame, and stood as the difference in the game for the next 36 minutes, despite a combined nine power play chances for the two teams.

            The Ravens finally tied it up on a goal by freshman Bryana Harron (Woburn, Mass.) at 9:37 of the third period, but Zamrock came right back for PSU just one minute, 23 seconds later with her first career goal in what turned out to be the game-winner.  Banys made it a two-goal Panther lead three minutes later and the Panthers skated out the final six minutes.

            FPU finished with a 32-21 advantage in shots, including 10-4 in the third period.

            The two teams will play the second half of a weekend home-and-home series Saturday afternoon (2:00 p.m.) at Hanaway Rink in Plymouth. 

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