PSU Women’s Ice Hockey pulls out tie vs. Castleton

Landry's late goal lifts Panthers; Ponte preserves draw

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior goaltender Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ont.) made 44 saves and classmate Katie Landry (Agawam, Mass.) scored a power play goal with less than three minutes remaining in the third period Tuesday evening as Plymouth State University and Castleton State College skated to a 1-1 draw in an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East Conference game at Hanaway Rink.

            Castleton finished with a 45-13 advantage in shots on goal, but Ponte was the difference with her fifth 40-plus save effort of the season.  She made 20 saves in the second period, including a pair of point-blank range stops on Spartan sophomore BriAnna Narodowy (North Smithfield, R.I.) and freshman Anna Daniels (Falun, Sweden).

            Freshman Samantha Pion (Easthampton, Mass.) scored the only goal of the first period for Castleton, her third of the season.  Pion got a pass from Narodowy in the slot and fired a shot that got past a screened Ponte for a 1-0 Spartan lead at 9:29 of the opening frame.

            Castleton had a decisive advantage in shots through the first two periods (37-7) but had only the one-goal lead.  Defenses tightened up in the third period, with neither team getting a shot off for the first seven minutes.  With time winding down, PSU broke through on a power play, as Landry deflected a shot by junior Meghan Cassidy (Somerville, N.J.) that got past the Castleton goalie to tie the score with 2:26 on the game clock. It was Landry's first goal of the season.

            PSU had a 3-1 shot advantage in overtime but neither team could put home the game-winner.  Sophomore Paula Stephens (Seattle, Wash.) held down the fort in the Castleton goal and finished with 12 saves.

            The Panthers (4-15-4, 3-9-4) wrap up the regular season with a weekend road trip, facing Saint Anselm College on Friday evening and UMass Boston on Saturday afternoon.  Castleton (9-9-5, 6-5-5) returns home to host Holy Cross Friday and Salve Regina Saturday to wind up its regular season.          

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