Myers, O'Brien tally goals for Panthers
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Freshman goalie Laura Corcoran, starting just the second game of her career, made 24 saves Tuesday afternoon as Wesleyan University recorded a 4-2 victory over visiting Plymouth State University in women's ice hockey action.
Wesleyan had four different goal scorers in the contest, scoring three straight after PSU had taken a 1-0 lead. The Panthers pulled to within one goal with six and a half minutes left in the third period, but the Cardinals solidified the win with an empty net goal in the final minute.
Plymouth State got on the board first with the second goal of the season by junior Ali Myers at 7:54 of the first period. Myers put a slapper past Corcoran after receiving a pass from low on the left by junior Stephanie Newmark.
Wesleyan netted the next three goals, spread out over more than 40 minutes between the three periods. Senior Becca Koppel evened the count at 9:36 of the first period with her second goal of the campaign, slipping a shot between the pads of junior goalie Nicole Crandle off a feed from senior Kelsey Muller.
Sophomore Cara Jankowski put the Cardinals ahead for good at 1:49 of the second period as she found a gap between Crandle and the right goal post to pick up her fourth goal of the season. Top scorer sophomore Jordan Schildhaus put Wesleyan ahead, 3-1, at 12:45 of the third period, cashing in on a rebound after Crandle had made two stops in front. Her ninth goal of the season proved to be the game-winner when junior Jamie O'Brien scored her first goal of the year for the Panthers just 42 seconds later with a good individual move, breaking past the Wesleyan defense and putting the puck home on the right side, making the score, 3-2.
With Crandle, who finished with 27 saves, on the PSU bench in favor of a sixth attacker, Wesleyan sophomore Mackenzie McPike got to a loose puck at center ice and was breaking in on the empty net before being pulled down from behind by a Panther defender with 0:13 showing on the clock. McPike was awarded a goal on the play as a penalty shot would have resulted had a goaltender been covering the net. With an empty net, a goal is awarded.
Wesleyan snapped a six-game losing skid this season. PSU started the season 2-10 but had gone 1-1-2 in its last four starts, including a 4-4 tie with the ECAC East's second-place squad, Saint Anselm, in its last start.
Plymouth State returns home for an ECAC East weekend series against Holy Cross on Friday evening and Salve Regina on Saturday afternoon. Wesleyan has nine days off before returning to action Fri., Feb. 1 at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.
(Courtesy of Wesleyan Sports Information)
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