Big third period lifts Crusaders past Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The College of Holy Cross scored five third-period goals Friday night en route to a 6-0 victory over Plymouth State University in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East Ice Hockey contest at Hanaway Rink.
Senior goalie Alexandra Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.) made 12 saves in the Holy Cross net for her first shutout of the season, and senior Mary Klimasewiski (Colchester, Conn.) and junior Taylor McGee (Pearl River, N.Y.) each contributed a pair of goals to the offense.
The Crusaders led just 1-0 entering the third period and held a 2-0 advantage at the midway point before erupting for four goals in the final 10 minutes. Holy Cross bounced back from its only loss of the season, improving to 5-1-0 overall and 3-1-0 in conference play, while PSU, which was blanked for the third game in a row, drops to 1-5-1 overall and 1-4-0 in the ECAC East.
Holy Cross jumped on top with six minutes to go in the first period when freshman Lauren Abbenante (Cranston, R.I.) pounded home a loose puck in traffic in front of the net for her third goal of the season. That stood as the only goal of the game through two periods, although PSU had a golden opportunity with four minutes to go in the second when junior Marisa Zamrock (Lewiston, Maine) was looking at an open net but her shot clanged off the right goal post.
Klimasewiski gave the visitors some breathing room four minutes into final frame, working a nifty give-and-go with freshman Kara Violette (Biddeford, Maine) from behind the net for her first of the game and third of the season.
That opened the flood gates for Holy Cross as the Crusaders unloaded four more goals on the PSU defense. Violette walked the puck from behind the net out in front and snapped a wrister over the goalie's shoulder at 10:09; McGee knocked in her own rebound at 12:24; Klimasewiski finished off an outstanding individual effort at 14:35; and McGee finished off the scoring at 17:21.
Both teams continue ECAC East conference action Saturday, the Panthers traveling to New England College for a 1:00 p.m. face-off and the Crusaders visiting Saint Michael's College for a 3:00 p.m. start.
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