PSU Women’s Ice Hockey earns tie with NEC

Sollows scores lone Panther goal; Ponte makes 33 saves

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Sam Hippern (Dover, N.H.) scored the tying goal for New England College with 1:51 remaining in regulation play Friday afternoon and the Pilgrims and the Panthers of Plymouth State University skated to a 1-1 deadlock in an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East Conference ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink.

            Plymouth State got a second period power play goal from sophomore Cortney Sollows (West Barnstable, Mass.), which looked like the game-winner until Hippern's late goal tied it up.  PSU junior goalie Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ont.) made 33 saves in the game, including 15 in the third period and overtime when PSU was short-handed four times.

            The visitors finished with a 34-22 advantage in shots.  Senior Kristen Connors (Weymouth, Mass.) earned the win for NEC with 21 saves.

            Both teams were scoreless in the first period, with each having one power play opportunity.  Sollows tallied her second goal of the season with an extra skater midway through the second frame, firing a slap shot from inside the blue line that went through traffic in front of the net and into the back of the goal.

            NEC increased the pressure on the Panther goal in the third period, thanks to the power play chances.  The Pilgrims finally got one past Ponte in the closing two minutes after pulling the goalie and skating 6-on-4.  Senior Alyssa Hoot (Waterville, Ohio) snapped a shot from the left point towards the goal, and Hippern deflected the puck out of mid-air and into the net to tie the score.

            The Pilgrims had one more power play chance late in the period that extended into overtime but couldn't score the game-winner.  NEC took three shots and PSU managed two in the extra session but the game ended in a draw.

            Both teams have had their Saturday games postponed until Tuesday (Feb. 12) due to the snow storm hitting New England.  PSU will host Castleton State College in their final home game Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. while NEC visits the University of Southern Maine for a 7:00 p.m. face-off. 

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