PSU Women’s Ice Hockey stopped by Stevenson

Banys scores both Panther goals but late rally falls short

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Stevenson University made three first-period goals stand up Saturday afternoon, defeating host Plymouth State University, 3-2, on the second day of the PSU Women's Ice Hockey Invitational at Hanaway Rink.

            The Panthers made a comeback in the third period as senior Kate Banys (Newburyport, Mass.) two unanswered power play goals, but Stevenson junior goalie Sarah Modzelewski (Bloomington, Ind.) finished with 22 saves to secure the win for the Mustangs. Banys earned PSU's selection to the All-Tournament Team.

            Nichols College defeated Buffalo State College, 2-1, in the first game of the day. Nichols finishes first in the tournament with a 2-0-0 record, while Stevenson was 1-1-0 and PSU and Buffalo State were each 0-1-1.

            Nichols senior goaltender Tori Gianformaggio was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. The rest of the All-Tournament team included Banys, Julia Mastrototaro of Nichols, Jessie Capanelli and Modzelewski of Stevens, and Kara Goodwin of Buffalo State.

            Capanelli put Stevenson on the board against Plymouth State with a shorthanded goal at 6:37 of the first period, lifting a backhander past Panther freshman goalie Mariah Trupp (Topeka, Kansas). Junior Megan Alexander made it 2-0 with a power play goal at the 12:55 mark, knocking in a rebound after Trupp made a save on a shot by junior Brooke Webber. Junior Tori Emoff lit the lamp with an impressive slap shot from the point just under the cross bar with less than a second remaining in the first period to make it 3-0.

            PSU, which trailed 3-0 entering the third period Friday against Buffalo State, started another third-period comeback Saturday with a pair of power play goals. Banys scored on a scramble in front two minutes in, and batted the puck out of midair for her second goal at 8:50, with senior Kelsey Cosby (Walpole, Mass.) assisting on both scpres. Saturday's rally didn't match Friday's, though, and PSU dropped the one-goal decision.

            The Panthers open ECAC East conference action Friday at Hanaway Rink, hosting Saint Michael's College at 6:00 p.m.

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