Panthers provide strong challenge against Lakers
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team provided a strong challenge to SUNY Oswego Friday afternoon before the Lakers pulled out a 2-0 victory in the first game of the Doubletree Women's Ice Hockey Classic at Cairns Arena, hosted by Saint Michael's College.
SUNY Oswego, the third-place team in the ECAC Women's West, improved to 8-2 overall with its sixth straight win behind a 13-save shutout from senior Bridget Smith (Hamburg, N.Y.). Freshman goalie Mariah Trupp (Topeka, Kan.) made 28 stops for 1-11-1 Plymouth State.
Freshman Andrea Noss (Orange, Conn.) recorded a goal and an assist for the Lakers, while classmate Rachel Lenard (Orchard Park, N.Y.) also scored, and freshman Olivia Ellis (Wilcox, Sask.) dished off two assists.
SUNY Oswego held a 10-3 edge in shots during a scoreless opening period before Lenard broke the deadlock 5:05 into the second. After taking Ellis' feed, Lenard went 5-hole on a shot from below the right face-off dot. During a SUNY Oswego power play midway through the stanza, Plymouth State sophomore Haley Branovan (Pittsburgh, Pa.) skated in 1-on-2 and made a quick move in front before being denied by Smith.
Just 1:36 after Plymouth State killed off its third penalty in a 7:59 stretch, Noss tacked on to her team's lead. Ellis' shot from the point hit sophomore Alyssa Brockmann (Fairport, N.Y.) out front, and the puck popped out to the right post, where Noss found an empty net at 12:54. Facing a power play, the Panthers pulled Trupp and skated 6-on-4 for the final 1:23, but Smith stopped a pair of shots to clinch the shutout.
Plymouth State will take on Hamilton College Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the second day of the tournament while Oswego will tangle with host Saint Michael's at 4:00 p.m.
(With contributions from Saint Michael's Sports Information)
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