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January 18, 2013

PSU Women’s Ice Hockey skates to tie with UMB

Maguire, Ponte lead Panther effort

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The women's ice hockey teams from Plymouth State University and the University of Massachusetts Boston each scored a second-period goal Friday evening and that accounted for all of the offense as the Panthers and Beacons skated to a 1-1 overtime tie in an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East Conference game at Hanaway Rink.

            The visiting Beacons finished with a 34-25 advantage in shots on goal; junior goaltender Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ont.) made 33 saves for the home team while UMB sophomore Kailyn Burke (Franklin, Mass.) made 24 stops at the other end.

            After a scoreless opening period that saw UMB out-shoot the Panthers 10-7, PSU broke on to the scoreboard six minutes and 20 seconds in the middle frame.  Junior Montanna Heinlein (St. Albans, Vt.) rifled a shot from the left point that was saves by Burke, but junior Kelsey Maguire (Swampscott, Mass.) collected the rebound and slid it under Burke for her second of the season.

            The Panther advantage last a little more than six minutes until the Beacons tied it on junior Courtney White's (Medford, Mass.) first goal of the year.  There was a flurry in front of the Panther goal and sophomore Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.) found White near the left post, and White buried it to even the score at 1-1 with seven minutes to go in the middle period.

            The goaltenders took over from there, with Ponte making seven saves in the third period and Burke stopping 12 shots.  PSU had a golden chance to score with two minutes remaining in regulation but Burke made a dazzling glove save on a shot by Maguire that was headed for the top right corner of the goal.

            UMB freshman Alexa Cappione (Massena, N.Y.) took the only shot for either team in the overtime session, which Ponte stopped to preserve the draw.

            The Beacons play again Saturday in an ECAC East game at the University of Southern Maine, while PSU is home again to host conference foe Saint Anselm College on Prostate Cancer Awareness Day at Hanaway Rink. 

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