PSU Women’s Ice Hockey downs Saint Mike’s in ECAC East opener

Cosby leads Panthers with goal and assist; Altschuler earns first win in goal

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Kelsey Cosby (Walpole, Mass.) tallied a goal and an assist Friday evening to lead Plymouth State University to a 4-1 victory over Saint Michael's College in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East Ice Hockey opener for both schools at Hanaway Rink.

            Junior transfer goalie Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, Conn.), making her Panther debut, finished with 23 saves to record her first victory. PSU evened its overall record at 1-1-1 while Saint Michael's is 0-2-0 in the young season.

            The visitors had a 9-5 shot advantage in the first period by the home team scored the only goal on a power play. Freshman Taylor Shrode (Craig Colo.) collected the puck at the right point and hit a low slap shot that went just inside the left goal post for her first of the season.

            The two teams traded goals just 19 seconds apart during a Purple Knight power play early in the second period.  Senior Kate Banys (Newburyport, Mass.) went in on a breakaway for PSU and buried the puck top right for a short-handed goal at 4:22, and sophomore Lauren Cuculino (Glen Mills, Pa.) answered for Saint Mike's at 4:41, snapping a shot from the right circle that went past the goalie stick side. Banys has four goals in PSU's three games this season.

            PSU extended its lead to 3-1 on a goal set up beautifully by Cosby, as she weaved through the defense along the left side to create a 2-on-1, and then slid a nice pass across the crease where sophomore Lauren Connelly (Braintree, Mass.) put the puck into the open net for her first of the season. Cosby added an insurance marker in the third period, pounding home a shot through a screened goal with six minutes remaining.

            Saint Michael's finished with a 24-19 advantage in shots.  Purple Knight sophomore goalie Abby Burke (Bedford, Mass.) made 15 saves in the setback.

            Both teams continue ECAC East conference action Saturday, the Purple Knights with a 1:00 p.m. start at Saint Anselm College and the Panthers with a 5:00 p.m. face-off at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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