Ponte earns Codfish All-Tourney honors for Panthers
BOSTON, Mass. – Freshman Sydney Sakwa and Rachel Martell combined on a pair of goals Friday afternoon as Stevenson University (Md.) skated past Plymouth State University, 3-1, in the consolation game of the Codfish Bowl Women's Ice Hockey Tournament at the University of Massachusetts Boston's Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.
The game featured another outstanding performance from PSU junior goaltender Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ont.). The Panther netminder made 33 saves on 36 shots and earned a spot on the All-Tournament team. Ponte made 97 saves on 105 shots in the two-day tourney, including a career-high 64 saves in Thursday's 5-1 loss to Lake Forest (Ill.).
Sakwa put the Mustangs on the board first just three minutes into the game, with assists from freshman Erin McLoughlin and Martell. Sophomore Kate Banys (Newburyport, Mass.) evened the score for PSU with her second of the season less than three minutes later, with assists from junior Allison Collins (Murrieta, Calif.) and Kelsey Maguire (Swampscott, Mass.), but Stevenson took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission when freshman Molly O'Neil found the back of the net with just 1:13 left in the opening period.
Both teams went scoreless in the second period, with Stevenson killing off three Panther power play attempts and PSU avoiding harm on one Mustang power play. Martell added an insurance goal for the winners with 2:10 remaining in the final stanza.
Freshman Mackenzie Bruch earned the victory in goal for Stevenson, making 31 saves as the Mustangs finished with a 36-32 advantage in shots on goal.
Plymouth State returns to Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East action next weekend (Jan. 11-12) with a home and home series against the University of Southern Maine.
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