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December 8, 2012

PSU Women’s Ice Hockey falls to Franklin Pierce

Ravens earn split of weekend series vs. Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshmen Colleen Doucette (Wakefield, Mass.), Francesca Paciello (Clinton, N.Y.) and Michaela Faia (Malden, Mass.) all scored in a span of 4:07 in the second period on Saturday afternoon to break a scoreless tie and propel the Franklin Pierce University women's ice hockey team to a 4-0 win over Plymouth State University in a non-conference game at Hanaway Rink.

            Junior goaltender Amelea Gray (Bozeman, Mont.) stopped all 24 shots she faced to earn her first shutout of the season. Franklin Pierce improves to 4-6-0, while Plymouth State falls to 2-7-0 . Franklin Pierce earned a split of the weekend home-and-home series with Plymouth State after falling at home, 3-1, on Friday night.  The game was the last for both teams before breaking for exams and the holiday season.

            After the first period went without a goal, Doucette started the scoring deluge at 1:55 of the second, with her team-leading seventh goal of the season. Just 41 seconds apart, Paciello (5:21) and Faia (6:02) would stretch the lead to 3-0, with the latter converting on the power play.

            The game would go without another goal until the Ravens capped the scoring with 40 seconds to play in the third on another power-play goal, this one in a 4-on-3 scenario as freshman Alexandrea Kreuser (Knox, Ind.) scored her first career goal.

            Gray stopped all 24 shots sent her way to pick up the win (4-6-0) and the first individual shutout in program history. The Ravens had one combined shutout earlier in the season. Junior goaltender Nicole Crandle (Bristol, Conn.) made 19 saves between the pipes for Plymouth State.

            The Panthers are back in action at the Codfish Bowl Tournament at UMass Boston on Jan. 5-6.  The Ravens return to the ice on Jan. 6, when they host Saint Anselm. 

(Courtesy of Franklin Pierce Sports Information) 

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