Cosby and Bates score goals for Panthers
HENNIKER, N.H. – The New England College women's ice hockey team captured its first victory of the season Saturday afternoon, defeating the visiting Plymouth State University Panthers, 3-2, in ECAC East action.
With the win the Pilgrims improve to 1-7-0 overall and 1-5-0 in ECAC East play. The loss drops the Panthers to 1-6-1 on the season and 1-5-0 in the ECAC East.
NEC knoted the game at 1-1four minutes later as Amanda McGoldrick (Natick, Mass.) scored a wrap-around goal assisted by Rachel Vigliano (Monroe, N.J.) at the 16:13 mark. The Pilgrims went up 2-1 just a minute later as McGoldrick took advantage of an NEC power-play with her second goal of the game assisted by Demi Latham (Redwood City, Calif.).
PSU got the equalizer 6:19 into the second period as Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) netted her first collegiate goal putting in a shot above the left shoulder of NEC goalie Lauren Hopps (Green Bay, Wisc.) assisted by Kate Banys (Newburyport, Mass.).
NEC regained the lead for good midway through the second period as the Pilgrims scored their third power-play goal of the afternoon thanks to Andrea St. Onge (Garden Grove, Calif.) who would rebound in her own shot.
Neither team would muster a goal in the final period of play as the Pilgrims finished the game with the 39-34 advantage in shots. NEC finished the game 3-for-9 on the power-play, while the Panthers were 0-for-3 with the skater advantage.
Picking up the win in net for NEC was Lauren Hopps who finished the game with 32 saves. In net for Plymouth was Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, Conn.) who stopped 36 shots on the afternoon.
NEC returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 25 when they host non-conference opponent William Smith College. Plymouth will hit the ice again on Friday, Dec. 5 when they host non-conference foe Connecticut College.
(Courtesy of New England College Sports Information)
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