Zamrock leads Panthers with goal and assist
STAMFORD, Conn. – Junior Sydney Asselstine (Hartington, Ontario) broke a 2-2 tie with 6:39 remaining in the third period Friday night and Manhattanvillege college went on to a 4-2 victory over Plymouth State University in an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East Conference ice hockey game at Terry Connors Rink.
Sophomore Marisa Zamrock (Lewiston, Maine) tallied a goal and two assists to lead Plymouth State. Zamrock's short-handed goal midway through the third period tied the score at 2-2 for the upset- minded Panthers, but Asseltime potted the game-winner three and a half minutes later and junior Aubrey Bachand (Harwichport, Mass.) added a short-hander for an insurance marker with 1:10 remaining.
Manhattanville improves to 2-2-1 on the season and 2-1 in the ECAC Women's East, while PSU drops to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
After killing off an early Panther two-man advantage, Manhattanville scored on its ensuing power play as junior Alla Traun (Edina, Minn.) tipped in a shot from the blueline from senior Caitlyn Beauvais (Port Coquitlam, B.C.). The Valiants continued the pressure but PSU tied the game with five minutes to go in the period when sophomore Olivia Leon (Natick, Mass.) capitalized on a Manhattanville turnover in front of the net and lifted the puck over DeMartino and into the top corner.
After outshooting the Panthers in the first period 12-6, Plymouth State had majority of the scoring chances in the second but Valiants scored the only goal. After winning a faceoff in their own end, junior Trennah Stauffer carried the puck the length of the ice and came down the outside of the faceoff circle, fired a shot and scored to give the hosts a 2-1 lead. PSU had an 8-5 shot advantage in the middle frame but went into the third period down a goal.
Manhattanville had the upper hand in the third period against the Panthers, outshooting them by a total of 9-1. The only shot of the Panthers happened to be a shorthanded goal as the puck was dumped into the corner and senior Meghan Cassidy (Somerville, N.J.) centered the puck near the goal. The puck caromed off the skate of Zamrock and between the legs of the goalie to tie the game at 2-2 with 10:13 remaining.
From then on, it was all Manhattanville. The Valiants were able to convert less than four minutes later with some beautiful passing in the offensive zone which culminated with Asselstine's backhander. Bachand put the game out of reach when she intercepted a breakout pass and broke in on the goal for the unassisted short-hander.
Freshman goaltender Dana DeMartino (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) made 13 saves to pick up her first collegiate victory for the Valiants. Senior Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ont.) made 22 saves for PSU.
PSU continues its weekend road trip Saturday with a conference game against Nichols College at Levy Rink in Harrisville, R.I. The Valiants look to build some momentum as they take on undefeated Southern Maine Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Terry Conners Rink in Stamford.
(With Contributions from Manhattanville College Sports Information)
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