Evans scores game-winner as Panthers stop skid
RUTLAND, Vt. – Plymouth State University rallied with two goals in the final eight minutes of the game Friday evening, defeating Castleton State College, 4-3, in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East ice hockey game at Spartan Arena.
PSU scored the game-winner with 1:26 remaining in regulation when Courtney Evans (Fairbanks, Alaska) scored her first career goal. The freshman defenseman received the puck just wide of the net, and fired a shot through traffic and past the goalie to secure the victory.
Seniors Kate Banys (Newburyport, Mass.) and Kelsey Cosby (Walpole, Mass.) tallied a goal and an assist each for PSU while sophomore Gracie Shewell (Hanover, Md.) collected two assists. The Panthers snapped their 11-game skid and improved to 2-12-1 overall (2-5 ECAC East) while Castleton fell to 8-6-1 (3-3-1 ECAC East) on the season.
The Panthers wasted little time to capture the first lead when junior Marisa Zamrock (Lewiston, Maine) found the back of the net at the 3:58 mark in the opening period. Banys delivered a pass into the crease that Zamrock slipped just underneath Castleton's Jess Cameron to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead.
Castleton nearly tied the game with less than three minutes remaining in the first when Sabrina Hosner rifled a shot through traffic that clanged off the cross bar. The Spartans continued their solid attack play in the middle frame, and at the 1:38 mark, the home side found an equalizer when Ashley Pelkey notched her first career goal.
Castleton pulled ahead less than two minutes later as Brie Narodowy scored for the first time this season. Emily Raber and Hosner were credited with assists on the play, as Narodowy finished the puck top shelf to give the hosts their first lead of the contest.
The lead did not last long as the Panthers leveled the score when Banys' shot beat Cameron at the 7:49 mark in the second. After a turnover by the Spartans, Banys received the puck on a one-on-one opportunity and buried the puck home to tie the game at 2-2.
Castleton regained the lead in the third period when Daniels scored on a short-handed opportunity, but the Panthers battled back and tied the game at 3-3 just past the halfway point in the period when Cosby knocked home her fourth goal of the year to set up Evans' game-winner.
Freshman Mariah Trupp (Topeka, Kansas) started in goal for PSU and played the first 27:49 with 25 saves. Her replacement, junior Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, Conn.) picked up the win after producing 18 saves in just over 32 minutes of action.
Both teams return to action with ECAC East games on Saturday as Castleton visits third-ranked Norwich and PSU returns home to host Saint Anselm College at 2:00 p.m. at Hanaway Rink.
(With contributions from Castleton Sports Information)
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