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PSU Women’s Ice Hockey nipped by Holy Cross

Panthers get goals from Gelinas and Cosby

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Jessica Frascotti (Needham, Mass.) registered a goal and an assist Friday evening as Holy Cross College defeated Plymouth State University, 3-2, in Eastern College Athletic Conference women's ice hockey action at Hanaway Rink.

            The Crusaders took a 2-0 lead in the first period but couldn't put the Panthers away despite a 33-16 shots on goal advantage. Down 3-1 in the third period, PSU junior Kelsey Cosby (Walpole, Mass.) pulled the Panthers to within a goal with 14 minutes to play but Holy Cross held its ground and pulled out the win.

            Frascotti opened the scoring nine minutes into the opening frame when she received a pass from senior Kyle Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) from behind the net and tapped the puck into an open goal for her first goal of the season. Junior Nicole Giannino (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored for the Crusaders with a minute to go in the period, poking in a rebound after a shot by classmate Chelsea Monahan (Cherry Hill, N.J.) was stopped.

            PSU got on the scoreboard just two minutes into the second period as freshman Justine Gelinas (Lac Drolet, Que.) picked up her own rebound, and with the goalie stuck in traffic in front of the net, Gelinas dumped the puck into an open net for her second of the season.

            Holy Cross had a chance to extend its lead with nine minutes to go in the middle period when junior Mary Klimasewiski (Colchester, Conn.) was awarded a penalty shot, but PSU goalie Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ont.) denied the attempt. Klimasewiski came back six minutes later to score her sixth of the season, walking in from the left wing corner and snapping a shot over Ponte's shoulder just inside the top right corner of the goal.

            Cosby pulled the Panthers to within a goal at 5:41 of the third period on a feed from behind the net from sophomore Kelsey Lynch (Collegeville, Pa.), but that ended up as the final score. PSU had a power play attempt with three minutes to play but could not score a tying goal.

            Junior Alex Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.) earned the win in the Holy Cross goal, making 14 saves. Ponte finished with 30 saves for the Panthers.

            Holy Cross, 11-5-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the ECAC East, moves on the play Saturday at the University of Southern Maine. PSU, 3-13-1 overall and 1-7-1 in conference play, wraps up a seven-game home stand Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. face-off vs. Salve Regina University. 

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