Branovan posts first goal for Panthers
BIDDEFORD, Maine – After surrendering the first goal of the contest, the University of New England women's ice hockey team scored five unanswered goals Thursday evening to record a 5-1 victory over Plymouth State University in non-conference action at the Harold Alfond Forum.
The Nor'easters (4-4-3) received two goals from freshman Gabby Crugnale (Malden, Mass.), and one each from senior Jenni Poulin (Pembroke, N.H.) and freshmen Emily Corrales (West Hartford, Conn.) and Richelle Skarbowski (Orchard Park, N.Y.). Poulin and Corrales also combined for five assists.
PSU (2-6-0) got on the board with 5:07 gone when freshman Haley Branovan (Wexford, Pa.) collected a failed clear by UNE on the right side and netted her first marker of the season.
Poulin from Corrales tied things up at 7:49, and Corrales from Crugnale moved Big Blue ahead with 9:30 elapsed. Crugnale capped the first-period scoring (3-1) with 11:25 on the clock, after passes from Poulin and freshman Cassandra Connolly (Woburn, Mass.).
The hosts added two more in the middle frame, courtesy of Skarbowski (7:45) and Crugnale (8:25). Through 40 minutes of action, UNE had a four-goal cushion despite being out-shot 28-16.
The Panthers finished with a 34-25 edge in shots, resulting in 33 saves for Big Blue sophomore netminder Courtney Kendall (Waltham, Mass.).
PSU senior Nicole Crandle (Bristol, Conn.) took the loss between the pipes, going the initial 28:25 to make eight saves. Classmate Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ontario) went the rest of the way without allowing a goal and totaling 12 stops.
The two teams will meet again Friday at 6 p.m. at PSU's Hanaway Rink.
(Courtesy of Univ. of New England Sports Information)
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