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November 2, 2013

PSU Women’s Ice Hockey drops season opener at Franklin Pierce

Panthers look for first win Tuesday at Sacred Heart

            WINCHENDON, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's ice hockey dropped its season opener Saturday evening, 3-0, to Franklin Pierce University in a non-conference game at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena.

            Sophomore Karsyn Baker (Detroit, Mich.) scored the only goal the Ravens would need at the 15:33 mark of the second period. The goal would stand as the game-winning tally as Baker and her linemates each tallied a goal and an assist on the night. Freshman goaltender Noelle White (Corona, Calif.) stopped all 21 shots she faced to notch her first career shutout in just her second collegiate game.

            Franklin Pierce improves to 2-0-0 and caps a perfect opening weekend where it outscored opponents 8-1, while PSU opens its season at 0-1-0. Senior goaltender Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ont.) made 19 saves against 22 shots for Plymouth State.

            The scoreless first period went by the boards extremely quietly, with just one minor penalty assessed to each team and Franklin Pierce collecting a 9-7 advantage in shots. Much of the second period went quietly as well, until the Ravens capitalized on a power play. Sophomore Michelle Stock (Austin, Texas) sent the puck from the point to classmate Michaela Faia (Malden, Mass.) in the right circle, and the latter pushed the puck towards Baker at the right post. Baker was able to jam the puck home for her second goal of the season.

            The first half of the final stanza would go without another goal, until the Ravens -- who held a slim, 22-21 edge in shots on the night -- put home a pair of late insurance markers. Sophomore Colleen Doucette (Wakefield, Mass.) scored her second goal of the season amid a scramble in front of the net. With the game winding down, Faia capped the scoring at the 19:13 mark, when she jammed home a rebound for her second goal of the season.    

            PSU plays another non-conference road game Tuesday at Sacred Heart University. 

(Courtesy of Franklin Pierce Sports Information) 

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