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PSU Women’s Ice Hockey falls to Sacred Heart at St. Michael’s Tourney

Auby scores in second straight game for Panthers

            SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sacred Heart University scored a pair of first-period goals Saturday afternoon and they stood up as the Pioneers held off Plymouth State University, 2-1, in Saturday's first game of the Doubletree Women's Ice Hockey Classic at Cairns Arena, hosted by Saint Michael's College.

            Freshman Emily Auby (Stoughton, Wisc.) scored a power play goal for PSU with seven minutes to go in the third period, cutting the deficit to one goal. It was Auby's second straight game with a goal.  The Panthers had one more power play chance in the final four minutes but could not get the equalizer.

            Senior goalie Alexius Schutt (Elk River, Minn.) finished with 31 saves on 32 shots for Sacred Heart, while senior Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ont.) made 19 saves on 21 shots in the Panther goal.

            Auby and Ponte represented Plymouth State on the All-Tournament Team.

            Sacred Heart, which battled host Saint Michael's to a scoreless tie on Friday evening, improves to 4-7-4 on the season.  PSU, which defeated Nichols 3-2 on Friday, slips to 3-8 overall. Plymouth State had defeated Sacred Heart earlier this season, 4-1.

            Junior Casey Stathopoulos (Waltham, Mass.) put the Pioneers on the board with four minutes left in the opening frame, potting her third goal of the season with an assist from senior Jennie Robinson (Hyde Park, N.Y.)  Sophomore Heather Daley (Brewster, N.Y.) doubled the lead when she found the net for her third of the year with just 14 seconds left in the period.

            Neither team was able to score in the second period, which included three power play opportunities for Sacred Heart and one for Plymouth State.

            The Panthers out-shot Sacred Heart 14-2 in the third period but Schutt was tough in the Pioneer net.  Auby finally broke through on a Panther power play with 7:05 on the clock, with an assist from sophomore Kelsey Lynch (Collegeville, Pa.), but Schutt held firm the rest of the way.

            Plymouth State plays its next seven games on home ice at Hanaway Rink, beginning Friday with an ECAC East Conference game against the University of Southern Maine (6:00 p.m.)  Sacred Heart plays two non-conference games at Southern Maine this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, both at 3:00 p.m. 

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