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PSU Women’s Ice Hockey earns draw vs. Saint Anselm

Zamrock scores two goals to lead Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Marisa Zamrock (Lewiston, Maine) scored a pair of second-period goals Saturday afternoon and Plymouth State University held on for a 4-4 tie against Saint Anselm College in an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East Conference game at Hanaway Rink.

            The upset-minded Panthers tallied three goals in the middle frame; including a power play marker by junior Meghan Cassidy (Somerville, N.J.), to take a 4-3 lead into the final period.  The Hawks needed a goal by senior Kathryn Picarello (West Roxbury, Mass.) at 3:30 of the third to even the score, and that's the way it ended.

            Saint Anselm is now 11-3-3 overall and in third place in the ECAC East with a 7-1-3 mark.  PSU, which earned a tie against UMass Boston on Friday night, is now 3-11-2 overall and 2-6-2 in conference play, including 1-0-2 in its last three league contests.

            The Hawks finished with a 34-16 advantage in shots on goal.  Junior goaltender Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ont.) had another solid day in the Panther goal with 30 saves, while junior Lindsey Brown (Mounds View, Minn.) and sophomore Janice Michaud (Westwood, Mass.) combined for 12 saves for the Hawks.

            The only two goals of the first period came 47 seconds apart.  Sophomore Kelsey Cosby (Walpole, Mass.) stole the puck at the blue line for PSU and raced in on breakaway, scoring on a wrist shot high to the stick side at the 15:02 mark.  Sophomore Tiffany Herron (Clinton Township, Mich.) evened the score on a rebound less than a minute later, slipping one past Ponte after she made the initial stop on freshman Alex Kazmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.)

            Saint Anselm took its only lead of the day four minutes into the second period when senior Rosemarie Giarrusso (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) scored on a breakaway. Zamrock answered for PSU two minutes later with a wrap-around shot that slipped through the goalie's pads, and the Panthers regained the lead at the 10-minute mark on Cassidy's power play goal as she fired a slap shot over the goalie's shoulder.

            The Hawks tied it up again at the 13:09 mark when junior Courtney Winters (Swampscott, Mass.) scored on a shot off the goalie's pads, but Zamrock's second of the game and third of the season with 2:07 left in the second period gave PSU the lead back.

            After Picarello's goal early in the third tied the score again, the goalies took over the rest of the way.  Ponte stopped seven shots in the third period and four in overtime, while Michaud made four saves in the third period and two in the extra session.

            PSU plays a non-conference game Tuesday at Wesleyan University while Saint Anselm is back on the ice next weekend with home games Friday against Manhattanville and Saturday vs. Nichols. 

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