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PSU Women’s Hockey nipped by Southern Maine

Late rally sparks Huskies; rematch Saturday in Plymouth         

            GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Cassandra Sherman (North Smithfield, R.I.) scored two third-period goals Friday evening, including a short-handed, unassisted marker with 1:36 remaining in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and propel the University of Southern Maine Huskies women's hockey team past the Plymouth State University Panthers, 3-2, at USM Ice Arena.

            Plymouth State struck first at 4:40 of the first period when junior Ali Myers (Seattle, Wash.) corralled a rebound off a shot from classmate Katie Landry (Agawam, Mass.) and beat USM sophomore goalie Liz Bergstrom (Chanhassen, Minn.), netting her first goal of the season.

            PSU maintained the one-goal lead until midway through the second period, when USM junior Erin Banfield (Montpelier, Vt.) evened the score with a power-play goal — her third goal of the season — with assists from senior Alex Smith (Winthrop, Mass.) and junior Brittany Soar (Boxborough, Mass.)

            The tie was short-lived, though, as Plymouth State answered 26 seconds later on a goal from sophomore Kelsey Cosby (Walpole, Mass.) off an assist freshman Marisa Zamrock (Lewiston, Maine) to put the Panthers up 2-1.

            The Huskies battled back to tie the game again at 11:21 of the third period as Sherman got a rebound off a shot from senior Kailey Bubier (Auburn, Maine) and tipped the puck past PSU junior goaltender Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ont.).

            USM was issued a penalty with 2:31 left to play, but Sherman gathered a loose puck near the blue line and was able to break free and score again, giving USM the 3-2 lead. Sherman now leads the team with five goals.

            Southern Maine held the advantage over Plymouth in shots 41-13, with Bergstrom making 11 saves. Ponte made 13 saves in each of the first two periods and finished with 38.

            The two teams will play the second half of the weekend home-and-home series Saturday at PSU's Hanaway Rink (2:00 p.m.) 

(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information) 

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