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January 21, 2014

PSU Women’s Ice Hockey doubled up by Wesleyan

Leon, Zamrock score goals for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Mackenzie McPike (Barrington, Ill.) and freshmen Ellery Sarosi (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Rachel Aronow (West Hartford, Conn.) each scored their first goal of the season Tuesday evening as Wesleyan University defeated Plymouth State University, 4-2, in non-conference women's ice hockey action at Hanaway Rink.

            McPike and Sarosi scored their goals about two minutes apart early in the second period to stake the visitors to a 2-0 lead. Freshman Abigail Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) and Aronow rounded out a four-goal second period for the Cardinals, who went on to improve to 4-7-4 overall.

            Plymouth State got a second-period goal from sophomore Olivia Leon (Natick, Mass.) and a third-period power play marker from classmate Marisa Zamrock (Lewiston, Maine), and junior Kelsey Cosby (Walpole, Mass.) collected assists on both goals. The Panthers out-shot the Cardinals 21-20 but fell to 3-12-1 on the season.

            The game was scoreless after one period but the two teams combined for five goals in the middle stanza.  McPike opened the scoring three minutes into the period when she stole the puck along the right boards, skated in towards the goal and snapped a shot through the pads of the Panther goalie. Sarosi followed  less than three minutes later, hitting the cross bar on her first shot, then gathering her own rebound and firing a shot into an empty net from the right circle.

            Leon put PSU on the board less than a minute later, winning a battle for the puck in the right wing corner, then skating toward the net and snapping a wrist shot over the goalie's shoulder into the top right corner of the net.

            Wesleyan extended the margin to 4-1 with two more goals in the middle frame. Rutt stole the puck in the offensive zone and snapped a shot through the goalie's pads for an unassisted marker at the 7:02 mark, and the Cardinals capitalized on a PSU line change as junior Laura Wasnick (North Olmsted, Ohio) fed Aronow on the left wing and she scored just inside the left post at the 11-minute mark.

            PSU out-shot the visitors 7-5 in the third period and scored the only goal on a shot by Zamrock from the right boards at 11:49. PSU pulled the goalie in the closing minutes but could not put up any more offense.

            Sophomore goalie Cinne Rivard (Glendale, Ariz.) made 13 saves in the first 48 minutes to earn her first win of the season (1-5-1) for Wesleyan, while freshman Miranda Gohh (Providence, R.I.) made her first appearance in the last 12 minutes and made six saves. PSU sophomore netminder Jennifer Wisniewsksi (North Ridgeville, Ohio) finished with 16 saves in the Panther goal.

            PSU is home again Friday night for an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East Conference game vs. Holy Cross College (6:00 p.m.). Wesleyan plays a weekend pair Friday and Saturday at Connecticut College.

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